‘Drag by the hair’ not the first: A look at past remarks by Bengal’s BJP chief
Ghosh said Banerjee has lost her mind and is crying for losing thousand of crores of rupees in the recent demonetisation of higher currency notes.india Updated: Dec 13, 2016 13:49 IST
Bengal BJP chief and former RSS pracharak Dilip Ghosh has always been known for shooting from the hip. His recent comments on Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee are no exception.
“When Mamata (Banerjee) was doing her theatrics in Delhi, we could have dragged her away by her hair if we wanted to. Our police are there but we didn’t do it,” Ghosh had said on Sunday.
Ghosh said Banerjee has lost her mind and is crying for losing thousand of crores of rupees in the recent demonetisation of higher currency notes. The chief minister has been most vocal against Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move.
While the Trinamool Congress condemned Ghosh for using “abusive and goonda-like” language against the CM, the imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque, Maulana Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, went one step ahead and issued a fatwa against Ghosh for making the ‘filthy’ comments.
This, however, is not the first time Ghosh has made a controversial comment.
Here’s a look at some of his past statements:
■ In March this year, Ghosh warned those raising ‘anti-national’ slogans. “Anyone who raises slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ will be chopped by six inches from the top,” he said while addressing party workers in Birbhum.
■ In the same month, Ghosh threatened to kick Jadavpur University students if they support Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar. He also threatened them with dire consequences if they try to raise any ‘anti-national’ slogans in or around the campus.
“Jadavpur Viswavidyalaya boshey Pakistan Zindabad bolche. Baire bolle jutiye soja kore debo. Choddo purusher naam bhuliye debo (They are raisings slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ at Jadavpur University. Let them utter these words outside campus, will beat them with sandals. They will forget their ancestors’ names),” Ghosh said.
■ In May, Ghosh said female students of Jadavpur University were “shameless” and “constantly seeking the company of male students”. At least four women were allegedly molested by ABVP workers during a scuffle with Left-leaning students over the screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s film, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, at Jadavpur University (JU).
Reacting to the allegation, Ghosh said: “Those allegations of molestation are baseless. The girl students of JU who are levelling those allegations are themselves below standard, shameless and always in search of an opportunity to be in the company of male students.”
■ Ghosh kicked up a storm with his remarks that his party workers are “trained by the RSS and can break your shoulders (Trinamool Congress activists) with bare hands”. He had reportedly asked Trinamool workers to “stop” violence, “mend” their ways or face “consequences” when they travel outside Bengal.
“The sound of breaking shoulders will reach Kalighat,” Ghosh had added referring to the residence of Banerjee.
First Published: Dec 13, 2016 13:48 IST