Making a controversial remark, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday drew the ire of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and a large number of netizens by suggesting that its arch-rival party supremo and state's chief minister Mamata Banerjee should wear Bermuda instead of saree so that people can clearly see her injured left leg.
A video of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh apparently suggesting this triggered controversy with the ruling TMC slamming it as a “distasteful comment” and women expressing outrage over the remark in social media.
However, no one was named in the purported speech by Ghosh, but known for his controversial comments in the past, most commentators took the comments to be directed at Mamata.
Ghosh, while addressing a rally in Purulia district, said, “Her plaster was replaced with crepe bandage. But she is still showing her leg to everyone. She is wearing her saree in such a way that one leg is visible while the other is not. I have never seen anyone wearing a saree like this. If she has to show her leg then she can wear Bermudas so that people can see clearly.”
Slamming the comment, the TMC tweeted a 14-second video clip in which Ghosh could be heard making the statement. “Such a distasteful remark is expected of Dilip Babu and nobody else. A remark against a woman chief minister proves that the BJP does not respect women. The mothers and sisters of Bengal will give a befitting reply on May 2,” tweeted the TMC. Amidst all the chaos, Ghosh is still silent and has made no statement on this throughout the day.
For the unversed, the TMC supremo, in almost all her election speeches, has alleged that women are not safe in BJP-ruled states. She has also alleged that women in the BJP are not safe either.
The TMC has focused on women in its campaign. The main slogan of the ruling party says Bengal wants only its daughter. The BJP, too, focused on women in its election manifesto released on March 21.