West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ending her Nandigram meeting election marketing campaign by proclaiming that she belongs to the Shandilya gotra of Brahmins provides an incendiary aspect to the very charged up Bengal elections of 2021.
At a time when the BJP has invoked Hindutva icons and points to win a state it has by no means gained earlier than, Mamata is now carrying her Hindu id interspersed with Bengali satisfaction into the enterprise leg of the marketing campaign.
To Mamata’s benefit, invoking her Hindu Brahmin id is now being amplified into the second spherical of polling within the Eight-leg marathon election. Mamata is battling friend-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari who has joined the BJP, for the high-profile Nandigram seat.
The BJP has countered Mamata’s remark and mentioned this exhibits that defeat is for certain for the incumbent. BJP chief and Union Minister Giriraj Singh mentioned that Mamata was asserting her gotra in desperation.
“I by no means must say it’s my gotra, I write it. However she says it out of worry of dropping the election. Mamata Banerjee, please inform me whether or not Rohingya and infiltrators are additionally of the Shandilya gotra? Her defeat is for certain,” Singh mentioned.
Responding to Giriraj Singh, Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress MP launched the “rakshasa” narrative into the already incendiary vocabulary change.
Moitra simply stopped in need of calling Singh “Chotiwala Rakshasa Clan (Ponytailed Demonic clan)”.
“Union Minister Giriraj Says Mamata’s from ‘Rohingya Clan’ Happy with it. Much better than being from the Chotiwala Rakshasa Clan!” Mitra mentioned in a tweet.
Locket Chatterjee, BJP MP from Hooghly, attacked the Trinamool and Mitra for “appeasement politics”.
“Happy with being a Rohingya and calling Hindus Rakshas is a brand new low even by TMC’s in any other case low requirements! Disgrace on their appeasement politics…”, the BJP MP mentioned in a tweet.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi additionally waded into the controversy and identified each BJP and TMC for ‘invoking Hindutva’ throughout marketing campaign rallies.
“What ought to occur to individuals like me who aren’t Shandilya or Janeudhari (a reference to Rahul Gandhi), aren’t bhakts of sure gods, do not recite Chalisa or any Paath? Each celebration feels that it has to point out its Hindu credentials to win. Unprincipled, insulting & unlikely to succeed”, Owaisi mentioned.
In a closing gambit simply earlier than the curtains got here down on campaigning for the second part of the Bengal election that can embrace Nandigram seat, Mamata mentioned she belongs to Shandilya- one of many eight highest Brahmin ‘gotras’.
The Chief Minister led off by reminiscing about visits to temples, the place clergymen requested her for her ‘gotra’ or lineage.
“Throughout my second marketing campaign, I visited a temple the place the priest enquired about my ‘gotra’. I advised him ‘Maa Maati Manush’ (the slogan that powered her to victory in 2011),” Banerjee mentioned, earlier than including, “Really. I’m Shandilya.”