The West Bengal BJP on Friday hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for losing her temper when her cavalcade was interrupted by some men chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in an area falling under 24 Parganas, asking whether it is a crime to chant the phrase in the state.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the more Trinamool Congress chief protests against the chant the more public support she would lose in the state.
On Thursday, the chief minister had lost her cool when some men shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' as her motorcade passed through Bhatpara area of North 24 Parganas district. The video clips showing her getting off her car and scolding the unidentified men in the group have gone viral.
"What do you think of yourself? You will come from other states, stay here and abuse us? I will not tolerate this. How dare you all abuse me? All of your names and details will be noted down," she could be heard saying in the video.
After she got back into her car, the men again chanted "Jai Shri Ram", prompting her to disembark from the vehicle once more.
"She doesn't get angry at Bangladeshi infiltrators, Rohingyas, murderers, and rapists. But she gets angry at young men who chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. Is chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' a crime in Bengal?" BJP national general secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
"It seems she can't digest her party's result in Lok Sabha polls and has lost her cool," Ghosh added.
Bhatpara had witnessed violence between BJP and TMC workers after Lok Sabha poll results were declared.
The area is a stronghold of the newly elected MP Arjun Singh, who had defected to the saffron party from TMC weeks before the Lok Sabha election. Singh defeated Trinamool's Dinesh Trivedi.
The incident brought back memories of a similar episode earlier this month in West Midnapore district. A video had shown Banerjee losing her temper when some men chanted 'Jai Shri Ram' at her motorcade.
In that video, Banerjee was seen angrily coming out of her car and saying that the men were mouthing abuses.
With PTI Inputs