Parties 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 soft target of the BJP, which is trying to money in on this narrative forward of the Bihar Assembly polls. Bengali sub-nationalism can also be slowly rising as a rallying cry forward of the West Bengal Assembly 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 occasion 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, nevertheless, has declined to remark on the accusation.
“If someone has committed a crime, the person should be punished as per law. But even before being proven guilty, the kind of vilification campaign that was noticed on social media against Bengali women stems from the hatred for the Bengali community.
“The BJP and its frontal organisation have been spearheading this campaign,” Chakraborty said.
The TMC said BJP”s inherent dislike for Bengalis has again come out in the open due to the Rhea Chakraborty episode.
“I really feel that as Rhea is a Bengali, she was victimised even earlier than she was confirmed responsible in court docket. The vilification campaign as soon as once more proves the sheer hatred of the BJP in the direction of the Bengalis. We had witnessed one thing related within the Assam NRC, too,” senior TMC leader and national spokesperson Saugata Roy said.
On Wednesday, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha and newly-appointed West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had described her arrest over drug charges as “ludicrous”.
“Rhea’s father is a former army 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 father of Rhea is also entitled to demand justice for his kids, trial by media is an ominous portent for our judicial system. Justice for all is one of the basic tenets of our Constitution,” 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 satisfaction” 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 couple of years in the past, cultural sub-nationalism was an alien idea.
The newest so as to add gasoline to the hearth was the alleged on-line vilification of Bengali girls within the aftermath of Rajput”s dying, with many followers of the deceased actor calling his rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and others from the neighborhood “gold diggers” and “witches”.
After the electoral reverses within the Lok Sabha polls final yr and the rise of the BJP as a primary 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 remark on the matter.
After three days of interrogation, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Chakraborty, 28, in a medicine case linked to Rajput”s dying, following which she was despatched to judicial custody until September 22 by a neighborhood court docket.