On Friday, the police arrested at least 10 young men for chanting Jai Shi Ram, as the BJP claims. Interestingly, the officer in charge of the local police station was replaced
New Delhi: The TMC turncoat who defeated TMC's Dinesh Trivedi from Barrackpore in Bengal has reiterated 10 lakh postcards bearing Jai Shri Ram will be sent to Mamata Banerjee. This was a claim made earlier by the BJP. But Arjun Singh also alleged that Mamata has lost her mental balance.
Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP leader Arjun Singh dared Mamata to arrest 10 lakh people since Bengal police under instruction from Mamata Banerjee had arrested 10 people for chanting Jai Shri Ram. Singh said, "Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrested 10 people for chanting 'Jai Sri Ram', so now BJP will send 10 lakh postcards with 'Jai Sri Ram' written on them to her. Let her arrest 10 lakh people. It seems she has lost her mental balance".
Meanwhile, Ministers Jyotipriyo Mallick and Taposh Roy faced similar chants as their convoys left the Kanchrapara area. The police reportedly tried to stop the BJP supporters from chanting the slogan that has now become the latest rallying point in the state. Interestingly, Kanchrapara also falls under Barrackpore constituency where from Arjun Singh won. His son also won in the assembly by-election from Bhatpara area which also falls under the same constituency, giving a massive blow to the TMC. The area has witnessed large scale violence and even communal flare-up in the recent past.
Arrest worsened matter for TMC
On Friday, the police arrested at least 10 young men for chanting Jai Shi Ram, as the BJP claims. Interestingly, the officer in charge of the local police station was replaced. But in a video that went viral, Mamata Banerjee was seen angrily confronting young men who were chanting "Jai Shri Ram". Banerjee not only got down from her vehicle and had instructed police officials to find the offenders by checking every house.
She was also seen shouting, "You are at our pittance. Yet you have the audacity to create ruckus? You are alive because of us."
Not the first time Mamata got angry at this chant
This was not the first time Mamata was irked by 'Jai Shri Ram' chants. Earlier while on her way to Chandrakona, during the Lok Sabha election, she objected to similar chants which gave the BJP an opportunity to portray her as 'anti-Hindu'.
In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his rallies in Bengal dared Banerjee by saying, "Didi has thrown people in jail for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'. I thought of saying Jai Shri Ram here today so that she can throw me inside jail too. That way, the people of Bengal might be protected from the wrath of the TMC regime".
Now with CM, ministers facing "Jai Shri Ram" slogan where ever they are going and 10 lakh postcards bearing the slogan on its way to the Bengal chief minister, BJP has found a new reason to rally its supporters against TMC in a state where it hopes to gain power. Bengal is slated for election in 2021.
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Last Updated Jun 2, 2019, 3:14 PM IST