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‘Tit-for-tat’: BJP may go to court against Trinamool over derogatory remarks

The latest controversy erupted when video clips of inflammatory speeches delivered by the BJP’a West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh emerged on the social media.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2016 18:15 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Controversy is Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh’s middle name.

A veteran Sangh pracharak who was in charge of the Hindu Jagran Manch until his elevation to the BJP’s top post, Ghosh has constantly stirred controversies. Even the uproar that erupted over his recent remarks regarding chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s protest meetings in New Delhi – followed by threats of legal action by the Trinamool Congress – has failed to faze him.

“They cannot scare us off by threatening to drag us to court. I have done nothing wrong, given the way the chief minister abused our Prime Minister and the army in the past. She deserves no better treatment. We have a tit-for-tat policy for Trinamool,” Ghosh said, adding that the party’s legal cell will be filing a case of its own against Banerjee.

The latest controversy erupted when video clips of inflammatory speeches delivered by the BJP leader emerged on the social media. “We could have thrown her out of Delhi simply by grabbing her by the hair. We are running the government in New Delhi,” he said in one such address.

Partha Chatterjee, state education minister and Trinamool secretary general, said his party was not amused by Ghosh’s remarks. “We are mulling legal action against him. Dilip is polluting the political culture of the state,” he added.

On Sunday afternoon, Trinamool chief national spokesperson Derek O’Brien had described the remarks as “a new low” in politics.

An undeterred Ghosh, however, threw a fresh challenge to Bengal’s ruling party on Monday. “They are welcome to take legal recourse, but why should they? They are in power. They can just use police and state power against me.”

Ghosh, who says he prefers to “call a spade a spade”, doesn’t believe in apologising for his remarks. In May 2016, he dubbed girl students of the Jadavpur University as “shameless” people who “constantly crave the company of their male counterparts”. Later, he said the university’s “anti-national” professors should be grabbed by the collar and thrown out of the campus.

The BJP leader also boasted of the RSS activists’ ability to “break the necks of Trinamool workers with their bare hands” and threatened to assault people shouting anti-national slogans such as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.