Babul Supriyo heckled at Jadavpur University
Union Minister Babul Supriyo | PTI file
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New Delhi: Union minister Babul Supriyo demanded an apology from The Telegraph newspaper editor R. Rajagopal over reporting on his visit to Kolkata’s Jadavpur University Thursday, and then allegedly hurled abuses at him, including asking if the paper had “f***ing sold out”.

According to a report in The Telegraph Sunday, Supriyo called up the editor on his mobile and demanded an “amicable apology”.

“Around 7:50pm, the minister called Telegraph editor R. Rajagopal on his mobile phone during the evening news meeting. Supriyo introduced himself and said he would like an ‘amicable apology’,” the report said.

The editor asked what the newspaper should apologise for, to which Supriyo replied that it had mentioned he had elbowed a student during his visit to JU, which wasn’t true. Rajagopal said no such report had been published, and refused to apologise.

A few moments later, Supriyo allegedly lost his temper and asked if the paper had “f***ing sold out”.

ThePrint reached Supriyo for comment but there was no response until the time of publishing this report.

Details of the conversation

The conversation, The Telegraph report said, took place in the backdrop of events that unfolded at JU Thursday, when the BJP leader was allegedly heckled by students.

The Telegraph published a photograph of the event on its front page Friday, in which Supriyo could be seen pulling the shirt of a boy on campus. The headline read: “Babull at JU”.

The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change tweeted a video at 6:44 pm, labelling it as “false biased reporting”, and insisting that he wasn’t “elbowing anyone” at the university. He threatened to sue the paper.

However, according to the report in The Telegraph, Rajagopal clarified that the newspaper had made no such claim. The report said the minister “construed (Rajagopal’s) categorical assertion as arrogance”, and reiterated that he was a “central minister”.

“Aren’t you a gentleman,” Supriyo allegedly asked Rajagopal, to which the editor said he replied “I am not a gentleman, I am a journalist… You may be a central minister but I am also a citizen of this country”.

When told that the newspaper had nowhere mentioned him elbowing someone, Supriyo allegedly changed tack and said he was offended by the headline. “The editor asked the minister what made him assume the headline was referring to him as the line below also spoke of ‘untamed protesters’,” the report said.

Rajagopal reiterated that there would be no apology and Supriyo was free to send the paper a legal notice if he wanted to. Supriyo told him he was recording the conversation, and Rajagopal asked him to upload it so that “people would know who said what”.

At this point, Supriyo allegedly asked: “Are you sold out? Are you f***ing sold out?” The report also said he used at least one more expletive.

The editor responded by saying the newspaper would report the conversation, and disconnected the call.

Following the conversation, Supriyo tweeted again, alleging that Rajagopal used “filthy lingo”.


Also read: After JNU, Jadavpur University is the new ‘Left’ bastion everyone wants to storm


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  1. Babul Supriyo thought he was dealing with someone from the Republic TV/ India Today stable. Clearly, he was not aware of how the Telegraph conducts itself. Next time he can be expected to be a little more careful. As for using expletives, it clearly comes quite easily to the junior minister. Maybe he thinks by using four-letter words he will graduate sooner to a cabinet rank ministry.

  2. What JU did was exact and appropriate. JNU and JU are from those few universities which will always stand against fascism and dictatorship! It’s not about your ideology or political alignment it’s about the present questionably critical condition of our nation. We are just at the edge of devastation! We should always protect the weak and protest against the strong and arbitrary power looting our nation in the name of DESH BHAKTI!

    • True. And worship mass murderers like Mao and Stalin. And also try to implement their policies (i.e. the Gulags of Stalin and the Cultural Revolution of Mao) in India.

  3. The Telegraph has always been a Congress unofficial mouthpiece.
    The headline “Babull at JU” itself speaks volumes about the “impartial” and “unbiased” reportage it practices.
    However, Mr. Supriyo would have done well to ignore it as practically everyone knows that The Telegraph is not worth relying on for impartial and unbiased coverage.

  4. Pm terrorise, his cm Yogi terrorise and now his ministers. What’s happening in this country ? All journalists should stop working.

  5. Bloody moron also ask the same question to India TV, Republic TV, Zee News, ABP News, AajTak, Dainik Jagaran, Times Now….if they sold themselves to fear and alms of BJP

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