Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Locket Chatterjee questioned West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s silence on the issue of one of her ministers who made derogatory comments about the President of India.
Chatterjee has also filed a complaint against Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Akhil Giri for allegedly using derogatory remarks against President Droupadi Murmu. The party is also demanding Giri’s arrest and his removal from the ministerial post.
On Sunday, the BJP MP from West Bengal’s Hooghly constituency visited Delhi’s North Avenue police station and filed a complaint against Giri. She urged the authorities to file a first information report (FIR) under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and demanded his arrest.
Talking to The New Indian, Chatterjee questioned Mamata’s silence, “It’s 48 hours and yet Mamata Banerjee has not sacked or come with a statement on such insult on country’s constitution and to the President of India, the lady who has represents tribals.”
“This is not the first time that Akhil Giri has done something like this. He should be sacked,” Chatterjee said.
“Mamata Banerjee sends MPs to other states like UP and Maharashtra whenever something happens with women there. Where are these buddhijeevis now?” she questioned.
“Banerjee is a woman herself. She should respect other women, yet no statement has been made. I demand that he (Giri) come here as he made a derogatory comment about the country’s President. “Moreover, she belongs to the tribal community,” she added.
“He should come to the National Capital, touch the feet of the President and apologize. This kind of action needs to be stopped. Such behaviour, remarks and insults should stop, or else future generations will learn. We will not stop raising our voice until Giri is sacked and Mamata speaks on this,” Chatterjee said.
Giri made the alleged objectionable remarks against the President of India on Friday while talking about West Bengal opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari following an incident of unrest in the BJP leader’s Nandigram constituency over the Martyrs’ Day event.
However, after outrage across the country, Giri apologized. TMC also reacted with a tweet, “We have the utmost respect for the Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu. Our party strongly condemns the unfortunate remarks made by @AkhilGiriAITC and clarifies that we do not condone such statements. In the era of women’s empowerment, such misogyny is unacceptable.”