Priyanka Sharma, a district executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Howrah, had shared a meme of the chief minister, transposing her face on Priyanka Chopra’s body from the MET Gala 2019
New Delhi: From Hitler to fascist, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was called several names as Twitterati exploded into protest against the arrest on Friday of a woman BJYM member for posting an allegedly defamatory meme of Banerjee.
#ISupportPriyankaSharma garnered huge support to remain in the top Twitter trends as Twitterati, especially from the BJP, attacked Barnerjee.
Priyanka Sharma, a district executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Howrah, had shared a meme of the chief minister, transposing her face on Priyanka Chopra’s body from the MET Gala 2019.
The BJYM chief, Poonam Mahajan, called for Sharma’s immediate release, alleging that not just humour, but all expression was “dead” in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal.
Forget humor, any sort of expression is dead in @MamataOfficial's Bengal. Priyanka Sharma, our district executive member, @bjym4howrah was arrested for posting a Met Gala-themed meme on Mamata Banerjee ji.#ISupportPriyankaSharma and Mamata Didi must release her immediately.— Chowkidar Poonam Mahajan (@poonam_mahajan) May 11, 2019
Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sharma called Priyanka’s arrest “Emergency-like” and decried the curbs on the Freedom of Expression.
Appalled at an Emergency-like situation in WB. Freedom of expression is severely curbed. Priyanka Sharma, executive member of @bjym4howrah has been sent to 14-day police custody for posting a Met Gala-themed meme on @MamataOfficial.#ISupportPriyankaSharma - Please Release Her!— Chowkidar Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 11, 2019
Delhi’s social media baron Tajunder Bagga called out the “Intolerance brigade”, asking where they were in the context of the arrest.
Where is Intolerance brigade now ? #ISupportPriyankaSharma— Chowkidar Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) May 11, 2019
Continuing with the same trend, author Advaita Kala alleged bias in the approach of a section of the media which otherwise supported females.
Media rightly supports a female candidate who has been targeted by vicious propaganda - wherever it comes from— Advaita Kala / अद्वैता काला (@AdvaitaKala) May 11, 2019
The same media is silent on the arrest of a young female party activist for a meme in West Bengal.
If this isn't bias what is? #IsupportPriyankasharma
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Last Updated May 11, 2019, 4:56 PM IST