Mahua Moitra's ‘brains like Bengalis’ dig at Paresh Rawal after his apology

Published on Dec 02, 2022 03:00 PM IST

Actor Paresh Rawal's apology came after a huge backlash from the Bengali community and some others on social media.

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra.(File)
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra.(File)
By, New Delhi

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra didn't seem too impressed with veteran actor Paresh Rawal's apology on Friday, a day after he linked gas cylinders, Bengalis and fish during a campaign speech in Gujarat. In his apology, Rawal, a BJP leader, said his reference was to illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas.

The apology came after a huge backlash from the Bengali community and some others on social media.

"Of course the fish is not the issue as Gujaratis do cook and eat fish. But let me clarify by Bengali I meant illegal Bangladeshi N Rohingya. But still if I have hurt your feelings and sentiments I do apologise," the 67-year-old actor and former BJP MP wrote on Twitter.

Taking a dig at Rawal, TMC's Moitra tweeted, "Actually Kemchho Slapstickman need not have apologised. The 2nd part of Cook Fish like Bengalis is 'Have Brains like Bengalis'. Most nobel laureates than any other Indian state, buddy boy…"

Addressing a BJP rally in Valsad district on Tuesday, Rawal had taken up the issue of gas cylinder prices, an emotive poll issue.

"Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi?

"What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?" Rawal had said.

The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections were held on Thursday and the second phase will take place on December 5. The counting of votes will be held on December 8.

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