In West Bengal, “double engine sarkar” is the BJP’s newest slogan to woo voters within the run as much as the Meeting elections. A BJP authorities every within the state and on the Centre will spur progress, so vote BJP, the logic goes. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, has, nonetheless, hit again now. Moreover this one, he has additionally focused “Jai Sri Ram”, with some inadvertent assist from state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, elevating her to the standing of Goddess Durga, Bengal’s reigning deity and the slayer of demons.
“Bengal wants a double engine Sarkar for actual progress and actual growth,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated at his first election rally at Haldia on February 7. Solely 4 days later, visiting Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas, Union Residence Minister Amit Shah stated, “A double-engine sarkar will flip Bengal into Sona Bangla in 5 years.”
This previous weekend, Mr Banerjee, who can also be a Trinamool MP, returned hearth saying, “To beat Mamata Banerjee’s single engine, BJP is having to deploy 500 engines. A five-foot two-inch tall girl, to counter her, you’re getting leaders from Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh. And also you say double engine?”
Saturday’s taunt was properly timed. Mr Shah was in Bengal on Thursday and is predicted to return this Thursday. The Prime Minister was in Kolkata on February 7 and can be right here once more subsequent Monday. BJP President JP Nadda has gone again to Delhi after three prolonged visits in two-and-a-half months. Dozens of different BJP bigwigs have been flying out and in of the state.
Talking at Kulpi in his Diamond Harbour constituency, Mr Banerjee attacked the Union Residence Minister for his “Jai Sri Ram” taunt on the Chief Minister made on Thursday. “By the point elections are over, Didi can be saying ‘Jai Sri Ram‘ herself,” he had stated in Cooch Behar, questioning her “allergy” to the slogan.
Mr Banerjee’s comeback: “Will folks from Gujarat come and insult Bengal’s daughter? Amit Shah has stated Mamata Didi will say ‘Jai Sri Ram‘ by the top of elections. I’m saying, we are going to be sure to say ‘Jai Siya Ram‘. I promise.”
“Jai Siya Ram” is a greeting that salutes each Lord Ram and his spouse Sita, not like the BJP’s favorite. Trinamool has been claiming this was the unique that the BJP had changed into a “muscular” “Jai Sri Ram”, underlining the social gathering’s lack of respect for ladies.
“You’ll have to be taught to respect ladies,” Mr Banerjee stated, including, “In Bengal, we respect ladies just like the Goddess Durga. We name our daughters ‘ma‘ (mom). That is the tradition of Bengal and you may be pressured to be taught it.”
Mr Banerjee’s sharpest barb, nonetheless, was saved for BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh who publicly pit Lord Ram towards Goddess Durga, praising his lineage and ancestry whereas questioning the place Ma Durga had come from.
“What audacity! To say Devi Durga’s ancestry will not be identified, that no one is aware of her!” Mr Banerjee stated. “Keep in mind her battle with the asuras? 1000’s of demons on one facet, Ma Durga alone. Right here, too, Mamata Banerjee on one facet, 1000’s of BJP leaders, all ranged towards her. Mamata Banerjee, like Ma Durga’s shadow. Keep in mind Mahishasur Badh? The slaying of the demons? Now, Delhi’s demons may also be slayed.”
The BJP is but to reply to Mr Banerjee’s feedback. Each are treading on fast sand, dragging gods and goddesses into the battle for Bengal. A pretend pas now might show expensive.