Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted about the arrest of BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma's meme on Mamata Banerjee where he has compared the West Bengal chief minister to a dictator and her administration to an autocracy. He said there is no place for humour, wit and sarcasm in such a society.
"Humour, wit, sarcasm survive in a free society. They have no place in autocracies. Dictators laugh at people. They don’t like people laughing at them. Bengal, today is a case in point," he said in a tweet.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had granted conditional bail to BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma contingent on her tendering a written apology for putting up a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media. The apex court had observed in the bail plea of Priyanka Sharma, BJP youth wing worker who was arrested for sharing the morphed picture, that it can grant bail to her but she has to apologise. "We can grant bail but she has to apologise", the bench said.
While there are reports stating that the Supreme Court called back Priyanka Sharma's lawyer to rollback the apology demand, Republic Media Network is confirming facts on the same. Updates will be provided accordingly.
In the picture that Sharma had shared on May 9, Banerjee's face was superimposed on actor Priyanka Chopra's body, in the dress she wore to the 2019 Met Gala. Sharma was arrested on Friday and was sent to 14-days police custody.
The image on the right is the meme posted by Sharma: