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BJP Leader Under Fire for Calling Mamata Banerjee a 'Eunuch'

A West Bengal BJP leader on Sunday described Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a eunuch, while accusing her of practising the politics of appeasement.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:May 1, 2017, 12:02 PM IST
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Kolkata: The standoff between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Bengal witnessed a new low after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was, on Monday, called a ‘hijra’ (eunuch) by a senior leader of the saffron party.

Addressing a party meet in West Midnapore, Shyamapada Mondal, the party’s state committee member said, “With the current political situation in Bengal, it is difficult for us to understand whether Mamata Banerjee is a man or a woman. I think she is a eunuch.”

“Mamata is doing nothing in the state apart from helping a particular community in the state,” he added.

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When contacted, Shyamapada Mondal refused to make any comment. “I am not the party’s spokesperson,” he said.

TMC has demanded the local administration to take concrete action against the leader. “BJP is creating an environment of hatred in the state. We must not allow this to happen,” said TMC state secretary Partha Chatterjee.

The comment has also not gone down well with Mondal’s colleagues in the party with BJP state secretary Sayantan Basu saying there was no space for such low politics in the party. “We don’t support such comments made by our party workers,” Basu said. The secretary was, however, quick to add that there was nothing that the party could do to abstain one of their own from making such comments.

“We are finding it difficult to prevent our workers from making such comments because they are angry with the ruling government. Local administration is harassing our supporters and putting them behind bars on false charges. Even our party president Dilip Ghosh was harassed by Mamata’s police,” he said.

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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