Kolkata: Events chopping throughout the political divide in West Bengal on Thursday evoked Bengali sub-nationalism, asserting that the “vilification campaign” towards actor Rhea Chakraborty “proved” Bengalis are a gentle goal of the BJP, which is seeking to money in on this narrative forward of the Bihar Meeting polls.
Bengali sub-nationalism can be slowly rising as a rallying cry forward of the West Bengal Meeting elections due subsequent yr.
The ruling TMC and opposition Congress and the CPI(M), regardless of their sharp political variations, have equivocally slammed the saffron celebration for “using” a Bengali lady as a “soft target” to attain brownie factors within the run as much as the Bihar polls later this yr.
The BJP management, nonetheless, has declined to touch upon the accusation.
“If somebody has dedicated a criminal offense, the individual ought to be punished as per legislation. However even earlier than being confirmed responsible, the form of vilification marketing campaign that was observed on social media towards Bengali girls stems from the hatred for the Bengali group.
“The BJP and its frontal organisation have been spearheading this marketing campaign,” Chakraborty mentioned.
The TMC mentioned BJP’s inherent dislike for Bengalis has once more come out within the open as a result of Rhea Chakraborty episode.
“I feel that as Rhea is a Bengali, she was victimised even before she was proven guilty in court. The vilification campaign once again proves the sheer hatred of the BJP towards the Bengalis. We had witnessed something similar in the Assam NRC, too,” senior TMC chief and nationwide spokesperson Saugata Roy mentioned.
On Wednesday, Chief of the Congress in Lok Sabha and newly-appointed West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had described her arrest over drug costs as “ludicrous”.
“Rhea’s father is a former navy officer who served the nation. Rhea is a Bengali Brahmin woman; justice to actor Sushant Singh Rajput shouldn’t be interpreted as justice to a Bihari.
“The daddy of Rhea can be entitled to demand justice for his youngsters, trial by media is an ominous portent for our judicial system. Justice for all is among the fundamental tenets of our Structure,” he had mentioned in a sequence of tweets.
Chowdhury mentioned Rajput was an Indian actor, however the “BJP turned him into a Bihari actor” solely to attain electoral brownie factors.
“Rhea Chakroborty has been indicted not for abetment of suicide or murder or any economic offences; she has been arrested under NDPS, ludicrous,” he mentioned.
Narratives themed round ‘Bengali pride’ and ‘natives versus outsiders’ are slowly gaining momentum, with varied outfits elevating the pitch for reservation for domicile Bengalis in jobs and training within the state, the place, till a number of years in the past, cultural sub-nationalism was an alien idea.
The most recent so as to add gas to the hearth was the alleged on-line vilification of Bengali girls within the aftermath of Rajput’s demise, with many followers of the deceased actor calling his rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and others from the group “gold diggers” and “witches”.
After the electoral reverses within the Lok Sabha polls final yr and the rise of the BJP as a chief contender for energy, TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has usually invoked Bengali sub-nationalism, and referred to as the BJP a celebration of “outsiders”.
“The way BJP had attacked Bengali women reflects its hatred for our sisters and daughters. The BJP, which is dreaming of capturing power in Bengal, doesn’t have an iota of respect for Bengal or Bengalis,” Kaushik Maiti, a senior chief of ‘Bangla Pokkho’, an organisation combating for the rights of Bengalis, mentioned.
When contacted, BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha declined to touch upon the matter.
After three days of interrogation, the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Chakraborty, 28, in a medication case linked to Rajput’s demise, following which she was despatched to judicial custody until September 22 by an area court docket.
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