Trinamool’s Mahua Moitra and Jagdeep Dhankhar, Governor of West Bengal, locked horns on social media over claims of nepotism in official ranks and violence in the state. Their heated spat has left the internet divided over mention of sexism and caste.
After Dhankhar in a statement issued Sunday flagged “rampant post poll retributive violence” under Mamata Banerjee’s rule, Moitra hit back at him alleging he appointed six of his family to Officers on Special Duty (OSD) roles. “Asking Uncleji to lay out right here what antecedents of the appointees are & how each one got into Raj Bhavan,” the MP asked June 7 on Twitter. Full story here.
To Moitra’s claims, Dhankhar replied the appointees in question aren’t related to him and that “OSDs are from three states and belong to four different castes. None of them is part of close family. Four of them are not from my caste or state.”
Calling this a “distraction strategy,” Dhankhar added he “would continue undeterred and with zeal to serve the people of state and vindicate my oath of office under Article 159 of the Constitution.”
Mahua Moitra And Jagdeep Dhankhar’s Twitter Spat: What Netizens Are Saying
While Moitra’s ‘uncleji’ comment is being dubbed an instance of reverse sexism by one section of social media, others are calling out Dhankhar for raising the caste point.
“The governor of West Bengal underlines just how rock solid caste endogamy is in India 2021: he rebuts allegations of someone being a relative by pointing to the fact that they are not even from the same caste,” one user wrote.
“They might be from different states or castes but are they relatives? That’s the worrying question!” another user said.
Here are more reactions:
Presenting you the Governor of WB:
They are not from my CASTE, so not my relatives 👇🏻 https://t.co/S3whV2t6oH
— Arvind Gunasekar (@arvindgunasekar) June 7, 2021
If they were from your caste you would have said they have different gotra. https://t.co/Zae3n9lPhH
— ✋🏼🇮🇳 (@sanghi_anti) June 7, 2021
Moitra, one of the most vocal advocates against the Prime Minister’s use of the didi… o didi “catcall”, meanwhile is being questioned for her use of ‘uncleji’ that netizens allege has been used as a sarcastic jibe.
@MahuaMoitra Asking moitra ,is the governor of Bengal is your Chacha or Mamma, that you are calling him uncle Ji. , learn some basic manners and if you can't respect the elders, then maintain the dignity of the post and be in your limits https://t.co/uJpCIunMcC
— samita sharma (@samitas53375357) June 7, 2021
You must have some shame on talking in such a low tone with the governor.. This clearly indicates the arrogance of the TMC leaders and their out of control behaviour.. Shameful..@MahuaMoitra #BengalViolence https://t.co/8k5IQvk0zI
— Kumar Vidhyasagar Mahato (@KumarVidhyasag2) June 7, 2021