There have been more barbs trading between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Mother Kaali in his speech at a conference on the centenary of Swami Aatmasthananda ji Maharaj, the former president of the Ramakrishna mission.
The TMC quickly hit back wondering how many times the Prime Minister had visited Kalighat or Dakshineswar, claiming that the Chief Minister of Bengal and Supremo of Trinamool, Mamata Banerjee, was herself a great devotee of the Goddess .
“Statements are made…with political intent…but I have to ask how many times the Prime Minister has been to Kalighat, the seat of Kaali,” Trinamool senior parliamentarian Saugato Roy wondered and recalled “Mamata Banerjee stays next to Kalighat Temple and is a great devotee. of the Goddess…religiously offering prayers on special occasions…on Bengali New Year’s Day to begin with…no one has to teach TMC, Mamata and the people of Bengal how to worship Kaali.
Amid a row over a Canadian filmmaker’s discourteous portrayal of Kaali and following an alleged disparaging reference to the goddess by TMC MP Mahua Moitra, the prime minister said on Sunday that India had always benefited of the “unlimited blessings” of the Mother.
Referring to how Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, the guru of Swami Vivekananda had the “clear visions of Mother Kaali”, the Prime Minister said that Vivekananda himself was awash in respect for Kaali.
Finding a “link” between the timing of the Prime Minister’s reference to the Goddess and the “intensely” polarized atmosphere in the country in the wake of some remarks made by some politicians, another TMC MP, Sushmita Dev, s asked why it was less necessary for Modi. refer to rising inflation and lack of jobs as some other issues.
“There are issues like falling rupiah, rising inflation, unemployment,” Deb said asking why at this point the prime minister had to refer to other issues instead of just talking. focus on those that were most relevant to the country’s youth.
Lok Sabha Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury also attacked the BJP and TMC for trying to polarize the atmosphere as the country faced a severe economic crisis.
“Is this the time to raise questions like God belongs to which state…Why will it be necessary for part of the people to shout Jai Shri Ram and others to shout Jai Maa Kaali for political issues…why will anyone ‘one will claim that Rama belongs to UP and Kaali belongs to Bengal… Gods belong to the whole universe,” he said, adding that politicians should better focus on the development of the country rather than creating problems politically tumultuous to garner votes,” he said.