The public broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio did not air his speech after the Sarkar government refused to make changes.
Prasar Bharati advised Tripura CM to “reshape” the speech after it was recorded
Sarkar, in his unaired speech, a copy of which TOI has in its possession, said, “Unity in diversity is India’s traditional heritage. Great values of secularism have helped in keeping Indians together as a nation. Today, the spirit is under attack. Conspiracies and attempts are underway to create an undesirable complexity and divisions in our society; to invade our national consciousness in the name of religion, caste and community, by inciting passions to convert India into a particular religious country and in the name of protecting the cow.”
The Tripura CM, who has commandeered the north-eastern state for the last 19 years, also said, “These unholy tendencies cannot be harboured or tolerated. These disruptive attempts are contrary to the goals, dreams and ideals of our freedom struggle. The followers of those who are not associated with the independence movement, rather sabotaged the freedom movement, were servile to the atrocious, plunderer and merciless British, aligned with the anti-national forces having decorated themselves today in different names and colours are striking at the root of unity and integrity of India.”
Reacting to the CPM’s allegations, a senior government functionary said, “No rule was violated and the call was taken by the broadcasters, at their own level. DD or AIR was not nudged to act in a certain way. If that had been the case, we would have had problems with other chief ministers as well.” There was no response to TOI’s repeated attempts to reach Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash for a comment.