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Dilip Ghosh apologises for remarks against CM Mamata Banerjee

Ghosh had earlier said, “She (Mamata) went to Delhi and held protests unopposed. We could have dragged her by her hair and thrown her out if we wanted.”

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
December 14, 2016 12:12:03 am
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State BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday apologised for his remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying he did not intend to make “any personal attack”.

Speaking in the Assembly, Ghosh said, “Never did I try to hurt the feelings of any person or intend to make any personal attack against anyone. Whatever I said was out of emotion. I heard that some Trinamool Congress leaders were shocked at my choice of words against the CM. If our CM feels insulted with the words I used, I am extremely sorry.”

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Regarding the CM’s protest against the Centre’s demonetisation move, Ghosh had earlier said, “She (Mamata) went to Delhi and held protests unopposed. We could have dragged her by her hair and thrown her out if we wanted.”

Ghosh apologised in the House soon after government’s deputy chief whip, Tapas Roy, raised his voice against him. The state BJP chief said he hoped fair politics would prevail in state under Mamata’s leadership.

Later, speaking at a press conference, Ghosh reiterated, “If our CM felt insulted by my comments, I have no problems in apologising to her.”

Earlier, a police complaint was filed against Ghosh by Subrata Mistry, working president of Trinamool-affiliated South Kolkata Auto Rickshaw Operators Union. “The comments go against the ethos of India and Bengal, where we respect women and where violence against women is completely abnormal. Such comments would serve to normalise violence against women and the BJP cadre can become violent and this threatens the peace and amity of the state,” said Mistry.

Trinamool leaders had slammed Ghosh for using abusive language. A Kolkata imam had also issued a fatwa against him, saying that stones should be pelted at Ghosh and that he should be thrown out of the state.

BJP sources said that Ghosh’s comment had sparked a major reaction in the party headquarters. A senior leader said, “The BJP leadership was very upset that such comments had been made about a woman CM. Even in the past, when personal attacks were made against Mamata regarding the Saradha scam, the party realised it had backfired.”

Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged against Ghosh on Monday for allegedly threatening a former party worker, police said. The former Jhargram president of the BJP’s youth wing, Suman Sahoo, lodged the complaint at Jhargram police station.

“An FIR was lodged against Ghosh for making a life threat against Sahoo,” a police officer said.

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