Bermuda saree Mamata Banerjee: Dilip Ghosh, the chief of Bengal cadre of Bharatiya Janta Party(BJP) addressed the backlash on his comment on Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ‘showing her legs’ while wearing a saree.
He said that he found Banerjee showing her legs in a saree, so he spoke about it. In his statement, Ghosh said, “She’s our CM, we expect her to act appropriately, befitting Bengal’s culture. A woman showing her legs in saree is inappropriate. People are objecting. I found it objectionable so I spoke.”
Ghosh had earlier invited backlash from Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress (TMC) as it was deemed a “derogatory” remark made on the CM. While addressing the public in the Purulia district, Ghosh had said that Banerjee’s legs would be more visible if she wore Bermuda shorts instead of a saree.
She's our CM, we expect her to act appropriately, befitting Bengal’s culture. A woman showing her legs in saree is inappropriate. People are objecting. I found it objectionable so i spoke: WB BJP Chief on his reported remark that CM should wear bermuda shorts to show injured leg pic.twitter.com/7xSFdbKTgr
— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2021
He had said, “She is showing her feet by showing it to everyone. Sarees are worn. One leg is open and the other leg is covered. Haven’t seen anyone wearing such a sari. If feet are to be kept outside, then why can we wear Barmuda saris. It can be seen clearly.” The video of him making the said remark was shared by TMC on Twitter.
এইরকম কুরুচিকর মন্তব্য @DilipGhoshBJP বাবু ছাড়া আর কারোর থেকে প্রত্যাশিত নয়!
একজন মহিলা মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর সম্বন্ধে এইরকম নিন্দনীয় ভাষা প্রয়োগ প্রমাণ করে যে @BJP4Bengal নেতারা মহিলাদের সম্মান করে না।
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) March 24, 2021
Mamata Banerjee had allegedly been attacked in Nandigram on March 10 after which she was left with an injury in her leg. Since then, Banerjee has been seen campaigning for the upcoming elections while sitting in a wheelchair. Read more about it here.
Ghosh’s comment on Banerjee was criticised by TMC members. They called the remark “vulgar” and “derogatory”. TMC even tweeted about it and said that the BJP chief’s comment proves that BJP leaders in Bengal “do not respect women”. Mahua Moitra, a leader of the TMC party referred to Ghosh’s comment and said “And these perverted depraved monkeys think they are going to win Bengal?”
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