Mamata has integrity but is intolerant, says Katju

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today came in for sharp criticism from Press Council of India chairman Justice (retd) Markandeya Katju, who called her intolerant and totalitarian in her attitude.

Katju said this while delivering his speech at a function convened in memory of poet-novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay at Press Club.

The PCI chairman, however, first heaped praises on her for being honest. "She has an interest in aam aadmi, she is a person with great integrity, has no corruption charges against her. She has no account in a foreign bank and has a simple lifestyle," Katju first said.

But soon after the press council, Katju criticised Mamata for being intolerant and added that she did not listen to others. "In a democracy, you take your decisions but only after consulting others. You have to act in a democratic manner...you cannot run a government like this...you have to listen to others.. she does not do that. She is intolerant... If you are in a public office, you will have to bear with criticism," Katju said.

Just six months back Katju had come to meet Mamata at Writers' Buildings and had praised her for her integrity.

Katju, a former Supreme Court judge, also said that Mamata always wanted 'yesmen' around her. "She likes people who will salute her... they are people who will always say billi oont le gayi, haan ji (the cat has taken away the camel, yes sir). You should have 'no men' too around you,'' he added.

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