Close on the heels of BJP activists depicting Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and top party leaders as gods, it’s now the turn of Congressmen in Uttar Pradesh to do an encore on Sonia Gandhi.
A painting portraying Gandhi as Goddess Durga in the local party office has caught everyone by surprise. The “work of art”, as termed by District Congress President A S Soni, was created by a painter who hung the “sample piece” from a wall at the party office in Moradabad during the recent assembly elections and asked the party workers to contact him for more such paintings, if required.
“There is no objection to it since it is a work of art,” Soni said when reporters asked why it was still there.
However, former MP and veteran Congress leader Hafiz Siddique is not prepared to take Soni’s explanation. “This picture is objectionable as we cannot accept such a portrait of Sonia Gandhi. In fact, nobody can accept such things as Congress party is a secular organisation. We condemn such type of acts,” he said.
He also said he was surprised by the episode, which was happening for the first time in India’s grand old party.
Expressing similar views, the party’s city president Asad Moulaei said it was an absolutely uncalled for behaviour, especially when Congress followers came from different communities.
Former Member of Parliament and once in-charge of party affairs in Moradabad, Pawan Singh Ghatowar, termed the portrayal as unfortunate. “No politician should be portrayed as a god,” he said.