Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee has also announced that the West Bengal government will launch its own current affairs television channels and a newspaper. The Trinamool Chief had accused a section of the media of painting a bad picture of her government.
With her former supporters turning vociferous critics a clearly perturbed Mamata has decided to give herself an image boost.
It's not too strange a decision coming from the Chief Minister who decided to ban certain newspapers from public libraries and just a few days back, exhorted people not to watch TV news channels. The CPM, which itself owns several media houses in Bengal and elsewhere seems unperturbed.
Mamata plans to upgrade and use the existing state-owned infrastructure of Roopkala Kendra, a social communication training centre, and the now shut daily Dainik Basumati to achieve her goal.
Although no deadline is set, the proposed media arms are likely to be called Paschimbanga.
Mamata's predecessor the CPM had a robust network of party workers through which it could make its point to the masses. But it's not so for the Trinamool Congress though which forced Mamata to look to launch her own mouth pieces.