WITH CAMPAIGNING for meeting elections in West Bengal more and more turning into polarised, the Trinamool Congress is hoping to reap the benefits of latest feedback made by state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Goddess Durga – to push ahead its argument that the BJP is a celebration of “outsiders” who don’t perceive Bengal’s tradition.
At a media occasion on February 12, Ghosh, whereas explaining the distinction between their ideas on Ram and Durga, mentioned that Ram was a “political icon” and an “splendid man”, and added at one level: “Durga kahan se aa gayi (the place has Durga come from)”.
Whereas the Trinamool alleged that the BJP has insulted Goddess Durga, the BJP has mentioned what Ghosh clarified, even on the occasion, that they noticed no comparability between the 2 deities.
Sources within the Trinamool mentioned the celebration plans to take these feedback to the individuals in Bengal, utilizing “know-how, and thru our employees on the bottom”. Instantly after Ghosh’s feedback, senior celebration leaders and ministers took to social media, utilizing the hashtag “BJPinsultsDurga”.
“This now must be escalated. In a number of locations, celebration employees are ensuring individuals hear what Ghosh mentioned. If you happen to pay attention intently, twice he derides Durga. As soon as he says Ram’s ancestry may be recorded for 14 generations, whereas Durga’s can’t. At one other he says the place has Durga come on this dialog,” a senior chief mentioned, including that TMC has began campaigning aggressively over the problem.
Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, Ghosh slammed the Trinamool for utilizing “Durga for political functions”.
“Who’s now utilizing Durga for his or her political function? A celebration that put restrictions on Saraswati Puja. They’re feeling insecure and having a problem of inferiority complicated. They’re making an attempt to scrub off their previous sins with politically utilizing Goddess Durga. Durga is a religious and non secular icon for us. We do puja however Ram is a political icon for us. BJP talks about Ram Rajya and it’s our final goal additionally. The TMC has no ideology nor icons. So they’re making an attempt to boost points like this,” he mentioned.
On the India At this time Conclave in Kolkata on February 12, Ghosh had mentioned, “Such events (TMC) discuss of faith as an alternative of politics, and politics as an alternative of faith. We do politics overtly. Bhagwan Ram was a king. Some assume he was an avatar. His ancestry of 14 generations may be traced. Can one discover the ancestry of Durga? Ram is regarded as a king, an excellent man and administrator.”
“We have now a Bangla Ramayana. Gandhiji had given us the creativeness of Ram Rajya. I don’t know from the place Durga has come. To destroy Ravan, he prayed to Durga. That’s the reason that’s one other matter. I don’t perceive how one can make Durga stand in opposition to Ram. These individuals have taught that Ram will not be a deity in Bengal and I don’t know from the place this conception has come,” he mentioned (translated from Hindi).
Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Chief Whip of the TMC within the Rajya Sabha, mentioned the BJP does “not perceive the facility of Durga throughout India”, not simply in Bengal. “In jap India, Durga puja is a extra common competition than another. This has been happening for hundreds of years. Ram Navami or worship is a north Indian competition. So there can’t be a conflict of each. Individuals have religion and respect each for Ram and Maa Durga, and one mustn’t distinguish between the 2. One mustn’t solid aspersions on both.”
TMC sources mentioned Ghosh’s Durga feedback could be a “politically essential subject” going into the polls. They mentioned TMC would use the video to counter BJP’s narrative that CM Mamata Banerjee was in opposition to Jai Shri Ram slogans.