Dilip Ghosh, BJP’s party president in West Bengal, on Tuesday made a controversial remark with his appeal to Hindu youths to take up arms for protecting the dignity of women.
Ghosh, who is known for making irresponsible and tendentious statements, said, “Lord Ram had taken arms at a very young age. To protect the dignity of our mothers and sisters, the Hindu youths need to be united. If need be, they should take up weapons.”
Addressing a gathering at an event of Hindu Jagaran Manch in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur, Ghosh justified his call by asserting that the Constitution of India permitted the usage of weapons to protect religious faiths.
Two days after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for supporting him amid a land row with Visva-Bharati University, the BJP Tuesday called Sen a “land grabber” and his letter to the CM a “poor election gimmick”.
Talking to ThePrint, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh also described Sen as an academician, whose theories never “helped the state and the country”.
“The letter is nothing but an election gimmick engineered by Mamata Banerjee. It has no value to the people of the state. In villages, where people are suffering, who knows Amartya Sen? What did he do for the state when it was in trouble? They are all opportunists,” said Ghosh.
He further told ThePrint Banerjee is trying to hold onto everything as the ground beneath her feet is shifting.
“We will not side with dalals (agents) and jomi dakhalkari (land grabbers). They have done no good to the state and the country,” Ghosh added.