‘And now the country burns’: Mahua Moitra shares note amid Kali remark row

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra on Thursday shared a poem on her Twitter titled ‘Be Careful, Mahua!’ amidst the ongoing row over her remarks on Goddess Kaali. The note says, “The universities were the first to go…then the farmers and the activists, and now our country burns.”


Earlier, Mahua Moitra had said that Kaali, for her, was a meat-eating, alcohol-accepting goddess. Moitra said this while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2022 on July 5 in response to a controversy over a movie poster showing Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette.

“When you go to Sikkim, you will see that they offer whiskey to Goddess Kaali. But if you go to Uttar Pradesh, and if you tell them that you offer whiskey to the goddess as ‘prasad’, they will call it blasphemy,” said Moitra.

The poster of the documentary film at the centre of the row recently went viral on social media with several people saying that the poster was an insult to the Hindu goddess and hurt religious sentiments.

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Moitra’s remark sparked outrage among the national parties, with TMC condemning the MP and announcing that her views are not endorsed by the party. “All India Trinamool Congress strongly condemns such comments,” wrote the party’s official handle on Twitter.

BJP’s social media head Amit Malviya also hit out at Moitra and said she cannot make similar comments about the Gods of other religions. Malviya took to Twitter and wrote, “Mamata Banerjee’s TMC is full of Hindu-hating bigots but this insult of Maa Kaali, revered across West Bengal, by one of her party MPs, has offended every devotee.”

The BJP lodged two complaints in West Bengal against Moitra for her remark on Wednesday. On the same day, the Madhya Pradesh Police also registered a case against Mahua Moitra. An FIR was registered by the crime branch in Bhopal under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings).

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