Leader of Opposition in Bengal and BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari took part in a massive rally in TMC MP Mahua Moitra's Krishnanagar constituency to protest her controversial remarks on Goddess Kali.
Adhikari offered prayers in front of a statue of Goddess Kali, amidst chants of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. He and several BJP leaders, during the rally, raised slogans and sought her arrest for hurting religious sentiments.
Addressing the rally, he said, "Despite several complaints, the police and the state administration have been mute spectators. The people of this country and the Hindu devotees won't tolerate the insult of Goddess Kali...The TMC government and the state police have been very active in seeking action against Nupur Sharma. But they have not taken any step against Moitra. There can't be a different set of rules for BJP and TMC leaders. We will wait for a few days and then move the court."
The parliamentarian triggered a controversy last week as she said that "for her Goddess Kali is a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess."
The TMC, immediately distanced itself from Moitra's remarks. However, she has not faced any disciplinary action from the party.
Moitra is a first-time MP from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat.
Taking to Twitter later in the day, Adhikari said, "We reverentially worship Goddess Kaali as Shakti – primordial, nurturing, destructive (towards evil forces) also loving & benevolent. @AITCofficial MP Mohua Moitra's abhorrent comments & her obnoxious portrayal & characterization of Maa Kaali has offended all Hindus devotees."
On Sunday, Narendra Modi invoking Goddess Kali said, "Whenever I had the opportunity, I visited Belur Math and Dakhineshwar Kali temple. It is natural to feel a connection. When your faith and beliefs are pure, the power herself shows you the way. The limitless blessings of Maa Kali are always with India. The country is moving ahead with this spiritual energy for the world’s welfare.”
Highlighting the reverence Goddess Kali commands throughout India, PM said, “Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa was one such saint who had a vision of Maa Kali and had surrendered his whole being at the feet of Maa Kali. He used to say this whole world, everything is pervaded by the consciousness of Goddess Kali. This consciousness is visible in the Kali Puja of Bengal. This consciousness is visible in the faith of Bengal and the country.”
(with inputs from PTI)
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