Mamata finds on Eid a critically acclaimed critic

Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose the occasion of Eid to get even with the BJP, a filmmaker who enjoys critical acclaim found her reaction over the top

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday to respond to the BJP’s act of constantly teasing her with the slogan of ‘Jai Sri Ram’. Banerjee said there was no need to fear anyone in Bengal. “We will protect all — Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

Choosing to speak in Hindi to the extent she could manage, the Bengal chief minister said, “Jo takraayega, choor-choor ho jaayega (whoever hits us will be shattered).”

Before this, Mamata’s nephew and heir apparent Abhishek Banerjee had said that the BJP had switched from ‘Jai Sri Ram’ to ‘Jai Ma Kali’ because Lord Rama’s TRP rating must have gone down.

The Trinamool chief quoted a famous couplet of Urdu today, saying, “Muddai lakh bura chaahe to kya hota hai/ wahi hota hai jo manzoor-e-Khuda hota hai (Nothing happens just because someone wishes you ill; only that which God wills happens).”

Mamata said that, sometimes, when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh, but later the intensity reduces. Harking back on the conspiracy theory that the BJP wins elections by tampering with the EVM units, the Bengal chief minister said, “Do not be afraid; the faster they captured the EVM, the faster they will run away.”

“Renunciation, thy name is Hindu; integrity, they name is Muslim; love, they name is Christian; sacrifice, thy name is Sikh,” Mamata said in Hindi, adding, “This is our lovely Hindustan. We will protect everyone.”

Aparna Sen: Mamata digging her own grave

Filmmaker and Padma Sri awardee Aparna Sen, known for her leftist leanings, has said that Mamata is herself digging her grave by responding to the slogan of ‘Jai Sri Ram’.

Aparna said in an interview, “I do not like it at all. Both religion and politics should be different. There is a problem only by mixing religion in politics. In politics, slogans like Jai Sri Ram, Allahu Akbar and Jai Ma Kali should be stopped.”