West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has likened her critics to barking dogs.
Mamata made the comment at an official function on Thursday in the wake of Press Council of India chairperson Markandey Katju´s mail to her that called her unpredictable and whimsical and advised her to mend her ways.
"I know some people are doing bad name against of this government, negative campaigning they are doing because they have vested interest. Let them do. We don´t care," Mamata said.
"Raja chaley bajar to kutta bhowkay hajar, karney do. Mujhey koi jarurat nahi hai koi dhyan deney kay liye (When the king goes shopping, thousands of dogs back. Let them do it. I don´t need to pay attention to it.)," she said.
However, the chief minister said she had not received any mail from Katju, a former Supreme Court judge.
Opposition parties have slammed Mamata for the comment. "Raja chaley bajar, kutta bhowkay hajar - that means all of us. Not only Opposition. Whether it is media, or Justice Katju or some common villagers, anybody who criticises the government. The language she has used, I have no language to condemn. I have no language to register my protest," a report quoted CPM leader SK Mishra as saying.