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.
On Wednesday night, Katju had sent his message to Mamata through e-mail to the state's information secretary Nandini Chakravorty.
In the mail, Katju said Mamata´s ministers and officials were terrorised by her "unpredictable and whimsical behaviour" and were afraid to speak their minds.
"This is a very unhealthy state of affairs and you will not be able to remain as chief minster for long unless you change your ways and become more tolerant," he wrote.
In the mail, Katju mentioned the incidents of the arrest of a professor for forwarding a Mamata cartoon and the transfer of IPS officer Damayanti Sen after she cracked the Park Street rape case.
Stating that he was well-wisher of Mamata, he wrote that there was still time to listen to his advice and change her ways.
"We are all human beings and we all make mistakes, but a gentleman is one who realises his mistakes and apologises. I can assure you that if you do so, you will go up in the esteem of the people of West Bengal, and the country," he said.