Mahua Moitra-vs-TMC faceoff intensifies over Kaali poster row

After her comments on the Kaali poster row sparked a firestorm, the TMC MP Mahua Moitra has been under tremendous pressure from her own party leadership.

There was no let-up in TMC’s public attack on Mahua. The latest to show displeasure was Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Sushmita Dev, who told India Today that no leader can insult Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

She further added, “The entire Bengal knows what Mamata Banerjee feels for Maa Kaali and no person can change that opinion.”

There was more public snub for Mahua Moitra. Speaking for the first time on the Kaali row, CM Mamata Banerjee offered no support to her.

She instead called out the mistakes made by people and reiterated the need to rectify them.

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Meanwhile, TMC senior leader Saugata Roy had earlier told India Today that the party is mulling action on Mahua Moitra. He further said, “What she said about the poster and Goddess Kaali is totally unacceptable.”

In addition to this, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been actively protesting against Mamata Banerjee for not taking action against her own party MP who made discouraging remarks against Goddess Kaali.


MP Mahua Moitra had reacted to a controversy over a movie poster showing Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette. She said, “Kaali to me, is a meat-eating, alcohol-accepting goddess. You have the freedom to imagine your goddess. There are some places where whiskey is offered to gods and in some other places it would be blasphemy.”

There was a widespread backlash to her comments, including from her own party. TMC condemned the MP and announced that her views were not endorsed by the party.


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.

The controversy erupted after filmmaker Leena Manimekalai shared the poster of the film on social media. The poster depicts a woman dressed in the costume of Goddess Kaali. She is seen smoking a cigarette in the photo. Along with her usual accoutrements of trishul (trident), and sickle, the actor playing the goddess is shown wielding the LGBTQ+ community’s pride flag.

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