TMC MP’s attack on Shastri’s grandson draws Opposition ire

The remark by the Sreerampur MP evoked criticism not only from the BJP but other opposition parties too.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: December 8, 2014 1:20:14 am

At a time when the Trinamool Congress is protesting the derogatory remarks of Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, 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, an eminent lawyer, during his speech said: “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 remark by the Sreerampur MP evoked 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 atrocities against women and the weaker sections. What will they achieve by denigrating a former PM who commanded profound respect from the people of the country,’’ Singh told The Indian Express.

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