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Mamata Banerjee questions timing of 'saffronisation' of DD logo, calls it 'MCC violation'

DD logo changed: Meanwhile, Trinamool MP and former Chief of Doordarshan's parent organisation Prasar Bharti, Jawhar Sircar voiced disappointment regarding the change in the logo.He said that it "hurts to see the saffronisation of Doordarshan's logo".

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Kolkata Updated on: April 20, 2024 22:37 IST
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Image Source : DD (X) Mamata Banerjee questions timing of 'saffronisation' of DD logo, calls it 'MCC violation'.

DD logo changed: Expressing shock over the saffronisation of the new Doordarshan (DD) logo, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today (April 20) said that the move clearly shows the 'Pro-BJP' bias of the national public broadcaster. Public service broadcaster Doordarshan on Tuesday (April 16) changed its logo from ruby red to saffron.

Announcing the change, DD news in a post on X, wrote "While our values remain the same, we are now available in a new avatar. Get ready for a news journey like never before. Experience the all-new DD News! We have the courage to put, Accuracy over speed Facts over claims Truth over sensationalism. Because if it is on DD News, it is the truth!"The channel's move was heavily criticised by the opposition parties sparking the 'saffronisation' debate. Mamata Banerjee criticized the timing of the move, coinciding as it did with the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in the country, labeling it as "highly unethical and blatantly illegal."

Asking the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take action against the move, Mamata Banerjee said that it is a "pro-saffron violation" of the model code of conduct.

West Bengal on DD logo changed

"How could the Election Commission of India allow this crude, pro-Saffron violation of the Model Code of Conduct when the people are in the electoral mode?! ECI must immediately stop it and reverse the change to go back to the original blue colour of the logo of Doordarshan!," Mamata wrote in a post on X.

Former DD chief statement on changed logo 

Meanwhile, Trinamool MP and former Chief of Doordarshan's parent organisation Prasar Bharti, Jawhar Sircar voiced disappointment regarding the change in the logo. He said that it "hurts to see the saffronisation of Doordarshan's logo".

"It will influence voters, by overlaying the colour one religion and Sangh parivar colour with a 'neutral' Public Broadcaster and a biassed Government/Regime!," he wrote in a post on X.

Earlier, In November 2023, Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of changing the practice jersey of Indian cricket players to saffron."We are proud of our Indian players and I believe that they will be the World Cup champion. They (BJP) have even turned their practice jerseys to saffron" Mamata said. 

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