At a time when the Trinamool Congress is taking part in agitations outside Parliament against the derogatory remarks of Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and demanding her resignation, party MP Kalyan Bandopadhyay made severe personal attacks against BJP national general secretary in charge of West Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh, who also happens to be the grandson of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri.
On Saturday, at a public rally at Chaditolla in Hooghly, Bandopadhyay, who is also an eminent lawyer said during his speech: “There is one Siddharth Nath Shastri, no Singh, of BJP who is also the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri. My God, had Shastryji seen this man he would have said: Why did I get married? Had I not done that, a grandson like this would not have been born… where has he come from? Has he ever taken part in any agitation? Just he came here by riding piggyback on religion,’’ the Trinamool Congress MP from Sreerampur said.
Bandopadhyay’s remarks evoked widesperad criticism not only from the BJP but other opposition parties too. “By making personal attacks against me they can not absolve themselves of the crime they are committing, of looting the state, of committing atrocities against women and the weaker section of the society. What will they achieve by denigrating a former PM who commanded profound respect from the people of the country,’’ Singh told The Indian Express.
Pradesh Congress president and Berhampur MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhury also echoed these views: “It is not only as an educated man but as a people’s representative too that one should not use such language. Lal Bahadur Shastri was a great leader of India, a statesman, how can an MP use such derogatory words against such an illustrious son of the country,’’ Chaudhury said.
However, while Banerjee was not available for comments, Trinamool Congress leaders refused to make any remarks. “I have not heard what Kalyan said so I can not make any comment,’’ Subrata Mukherjee, minister for panchayats and rural development said. Party MP and national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien also said: “I did not see the remarks of Kalyan Banerjee so what comment can I make?’’