CPM MP comes in support of Mohua Moitra

CPM MP comes in support of Mohua Moitra

Kolkata: The dust storm that Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmaker Mohua Moitra’s comments on Goddess Kali poster raised has refused to die down. Rajya Sabha member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya said on Monday that he would provide legal assistance to Moitra in connection with FIRs filed against her by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at different police stations across the country. Bhattacharya is a reputed lawyer in the Calcutta High Court.

According to Bhattacharya, he, as a legal professional, is ready to extend all sorts of legal assistance to Moitra on this count. “She has not said anything wrong. She has just referred to some rituals that are practised while worshipping Goddess Kali,” said Bhattacharya, the only Parliamentary representative of CPI-M or any Left party from West Bengal.

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The Trinamool Congress has distanced itself from Moitra’s comments. Bhattacharya also tore into the TMC for censuring Moitra on this count. “It seems that Trinamool Congress is using religion in politics in the same manner that the BJP and RSS are doing,” he said, advising Moitra to sever all ties with the TMC.

No sooner Moitra’s allusion to the “use of meat and alcohol while worshiping Goddess Kali” had gone viral on social media than TMC issued a statement claiming that the comments were her personal and the party had nothing to do with it. The TMC further said that onus of the FIRs filed against Moitra by the BJP would be on her. Leader of opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendhu Adhikari threatened to approach the Calcutta High Court, demanding Moitra’s arrest. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, who is currently on a three-day visit to West Bengal, said on Sunday evening that if TMC leadership had felt that Moitra insulted Hindu religion, they should have expelled her from the party. Moitra, however, stuck to her comments and challenged the BJP leader to prover her wrong.