West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a prayer meet on the occasion of Eid in Kolkata raised her “Choor Choor” remarks once again. However, this time in a secular message for the citizens of India.
Addressing the gathering, she said: “Tyaag ka naam hai Hindu, Imaan ka naam hai Musalman, Pyaar ka naam hai Isaai, Sikhon ka naam hai Balidan. Ye hai hamara pyaara Hindustan. Iski raksha humlog karenge. Jo humse takraega wo choor choor ho jaega. Ye hamara slogan hai”.
Later, in a veiled attack at the PM Modi and BJP who won the mandate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee asserted that they won the polls by “capturing” the EVM, claiming that they will go away soon. Mamata Banerjee also recited the famous Urdu Shayari to validate her statement: Muddai lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, Woho hota hai jo manjure khuda hota h.
Controversy on “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Maha Kali”
The slogan “Jai Shri Ram” has stirred a huge controversy in West Bengal with Mamata Banerjee frequently losing her cool, chasing and even daring BJP workers to chant the words in her presence.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said its slogans in West Bengal would be “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Maha Kali”, and the party would continue to campaign till the Trinamool Congress government was ousted from the state. “Our slogans in Bengal would be ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Maha Kali’. Bengal is the land of Maha Kali. We need goddess Kali’s blessings,” Kailash Vijayvargiya, the BJP’s West Bengal affairs in-charge, told reporters during his first visit to the state after the saffron’s party’s stunning Lok Sabha poll performance in Bengal.
The inclusion of “Jai Maha Kali” in its list of slogans for the state comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress has accused the BJP of being a party of outsiders that does not understand the culture of Bengal. Banerjee had recently changed her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook to “Jai Hind, Jai Bangla” amid a war of words with the BJP, which she has accused of creating unrest in the state by “mixing religion with politics”.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Banerjee claimed that attempts were being made to propagate the ideology of hatred, which should be opposed. “‘Jai Sia Ram’, ‘Jai Ram ji ki’, ‘Ram naam Satya hai’ etc. have religious and social connotations. We respect these sentiments. But BJP is using religious slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as their party slogan in a misconceived manner by way of mixing religion with politics,” she wrote.
On Friday, the West Bengal BJP hit out at Banerjee for losing her temper when a group of men shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in front of her car. It asked whether it is a crime to chant the phrase in the state.
On Thursday, Banerjee had lost her cool when some men shouted “Jai Shri Ram” as her motorcade passed through Bhatpara area under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. Earlier this month in West Midnapore district, a video showed Banerjee getting angry when some men chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at her motorcade.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then decided to send 10 lakh post cards with “Jai Shri Ram” written on them to Banerjee.
But seems like, Mamata is in no mood to spare BJP, So, before JP could send post cards, Trinamool Congress on Tuesday sent 10,000 postcards with – Vande Mataram, Jai Hind, and Jai Bangla – written on them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Watch, how TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee lost her temper when a group of men shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in front of her car, asking whether it is a crime to chant the phrase in the state.