Doordarshan logo change: A ‘precursor’ of saffronisation of everything, says Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also slammed the Union government over the change and said that the change was unethical.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 21, 2024 | 4:19 PMUpdatedApr 21, 2024 | 4:19 PM

MK Stalin

DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday, 21 April, slammed the change in logo of public broadcaster Doordarshan, from red to orange, saying it was a ‘precursor’ to the BJP’s ‘conspiracy’ of saffronising everything.

Doordarshan has been given a “saffron stain”, he said in a post on ‘X,’ on the change of its logo.

The chief minister said he had stated during the election campaign that there was a “BJP conspiracy to saffronise everything.”

“These (steps like logo change) are a precursor to that. The 2024 Lok Sabha election outcome will show the public rising up against such fascism,” he added.

He recalled that earlier Tamil saint-poet Tiruvalluvar was “saffronised” and added that “saffron paint was poured on statues of great leaders of Tamil Nadu.”

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Mamata Banerjee terms it unethical

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also slammed the Union government over the change. She said that the change was unethical.

“I am shocked at the sudden saffronisation and change of colour of our Doordarshan logo when the national elections are taking place across the country! It is absolutely unethical, grossly illegal, and speaks loudly of the pro-BJP bias of the national public broadcaster!” she wrote in a post on X.

“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!” she added.

The Opposition has already slammed the logo change as “grossly illegal” and as showing a “pro-BJP bias.”