Fight between ‘Ramzada’ and ‘Haramzada’ in Bengal: BJP’s Dilip Ghosh
Kolkata: BJP Bengal unit’s President Dilip Ghosh, known for shooting off his mouth, triggered a fresh controversy by describing the Ram Navmi celebrations in the state on Wednesday as a fight between “Ramzada” (one born of Lord Ram) and “Haramzada” (illegitimate- born).
The controversial leader’s latest comments came on a day the RSS-led Sangh Parivar backed by its political wing Bharatiya Janata Party organised Ram Navmi celebrations on a grand scale, but faced strident criticism from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “appropriating festivals” and trying to divide people.
“Ram belongs to the entire world. We believe Ram is there in all the creations. One who is afraid of Ram, Ram does not belong to him.
“Here (in Bengal) there is a fight going on between ‘Ramzada’ and ‘Haramzada’. It is a test to decide who is on the side of Ram, and who is not,” Ghosh, a veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh hand, said while leading a Ram Navmi rally in his constituency Kharagpur of West Midnapore district.
His comments are a virtual echo of Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s remarks at a rally ahead of the Delhi assembly polls in late 2014 where she told voters to choose between “Ramzadon” and “Haramzadon”.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, which organised Hanuman worship and brought out Ram Navmi processions of its own to counter the BJP during the day, reacted sharply.
“This gentleman has lost his mind in the heat of Kharagpur. He doesn’t know what he says. He is polluting our culture. Even people chatting in the drawing rooms use better language. He lacks mental balance,” said Trinamool Secretary General and state minister Partha Chatterjee.
Communist Party of India-Marxist legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty dismissed the BJP leader’s comments as “nonsensical” and “uncultured”.
“This is also reflective of his unsocial nature,” he said.
Ever since taking over as the BJP’s state chief in end 2015, Ghosh has time and again being pulled up by political rivals and the civil society for his inflammatory, obscene and misogynist comments.