With Durga Puja almost a month away, almost nothing in West Bengal is untouched by the effects of the festival these days. And the same is true for the Bhabnipur Assembly by-election to be held on 30 September, where the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a competitor. The Trinamool Congress president needs a win as she lost the Nandigram seat to her former ally and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Suvendu Adhikari in the April-May state elections. On Wednesday morning, TMC and many of its leaders made a tweet targeting BJP.
The self-appointed custodians of Hindu culture and values clearly don’t understand Hinduism, forget to respect Hindu festivals! Now, his low respect for Maa Durga and the traditions of Bengal have been exposed! it’s such a shame @BJP4Bengal! #BJPInsultsMaaDurga
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) September 8, 2021
So what is the reason for this tweet?
On Tuesday, the BJP complained to the Election Commission that Mamata Banerjee had violated the model code of conduct for elections as her West Bengal government announced a grant of Rs 50,000 each to all 36,000 Durga Puja clubs in the state. . The party alleged that the announcement, which has actually become an annual affair for the ruling TMC, was made to sway the electoral process.
Trinamool supporters said the BJP would accuse the party of obstructing Durga Puja celebrations till last year and would try to incite communal politics.
Analysts say the TMC is now alleging that its political rival is trying to stop the state government from supporting Durga Puja celebrations. Several leaders of the ruling party tweeted with #BJPInsultsMaaDurga. One of them was Trinamool MP Prasun Banerjee.
if @BJP4Bengal had little regard for the feelings of the people of #Bengal, they don’t dare to act like that! This is derogatory and hurts the sentiments of Bengalis and Hindus across the state. Shame on BJP! #BJPInsultsMaaDurga
– Prasun Banerjee (PMP_AITMC) September 8, 2021
Not surprisingly, the BJP is rejecting this argument and would like to focus on the alleged corrupt practices of the ruling party.
BJP’s Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh told News18, “Mamata Banerjee has violated the model code of conduct by using government money for this and it is legally wrong. The way she campaigned in the assembly elections that BJP is an ‘outsider’ ‘ and they are ‘insiders’… and now they are trying to make worship an issue. They are trying to show that we are against Durga Puja. Every member of BJP worships Maa Durga. and respects her. If she (Mamata) has so much love for mother, why is her party not giving their looted money to clubs? Why are they using government money? People understand everything and its There will be no effect.”