On 10 January, BJP leader and former Tripura and Meghalaya Governor Tathagatha Roy accused Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee of making derogatory remarks against Hindu deity Sita. Posting a video on Twitter, Roy asked if Banerjee is Hindu and stated that he has insulted the religion by uttering such disgraceful words.
In the video, Kalyan Banerjee is heard and seen saying, “Goddess Sita told Lord Rama, ‘I was lucky that Ravana abducted me. If your followers in saffron had kidnapped me, my fate would have been that of the Hathras rape victim.”
Slamming Kalyan Banerjee, BJP’s poll in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said that TMC is rattled due to the popularity of BJP. He said, “All these are rubbish and foolish remarks, I would not even react to them because this kind of rubbish is said by rubbish people. I would just want to advise that they should go to a psychiatrist.”
While the BJP has chalked out a massive plan for the upcoming West Bengal assembly election, which includes Home Minister Amit Shah visiting the state every month till the dates of voting, TMC has begun its outreach programme highlighting the welfare schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government.
The TMC has roped in former JDU VP and poll strategist Prashant Kishor for Mamata’s re-election while the BJP’s campaign is being headed by senior leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, under the leadership of BJP chief JP Nadda. Violence has already started in the state ahead of polls, with alleged TMC goons even attacking Nadda while he was on a two-day visit to the state.
Earlier, Dilip Ghosh had asked his BJP cadre to arm themselves with sticks and give it back to the Trinamool cadre if it comes to it. West Bengal assembly with 294 seats will go to polls in April-May 2021, Trinamool holds 222 seats. BJP has made major inroads in the state in the Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and establishing itself as the major opposition force in the state.
In September 2020, BJP president JP Nadda had accused the TMC government of anti-Hindu mindset and appeasement after it imposed lockdown in West Bengal on the day of Ram Mandir bhumi pujan on 5 August.
TMC govt encouraging anti-Hindu mindset in Bengal: Nadda
“She allows Eid. The lockdown was withdrawn for Bakra-Eid on 31 July. This shows that the state government’s policies are driven by appeasement theories. We are for Eid celebrations and we have no problem with that. But why did she impose lockdown on Ram Mandir foundation day,” Nadda said.
Nadda today claimed that the TMC never represented the Bengali culture but symbolized “anarchy and corruption”.
During his visit to the state in November last year, Home Minister Amit Shah said that appeasement politics was hurting the state.