How dare they question my identity?: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee retorts to BJP’s ‘hijra’ jibe

The Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said that she was ashamed of BJP’s remarks on her sexuality.

Published: 05th May 2017 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2017 07:29 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File|PTI)

Express News Service

“How dare they question my identity and insult my parents? Who gave them the right to insult a woman for cheap politics?” asked an emotional Mamata Banerjee in her retort to a BJP leader’s comments in which he called the West Bengal chief minister a ‘hijra’ or an eunuch.

Speaking at a public meet at Malda in central Bengal on Thursday, the Trinamool Congress supremo said that she was ashamed of BJP’s remarks on her sexuality. “I am ashamed of the Hijra remarks. Nobody has given him the right to insult a woman with cheap stunts. If it was some other state, they would have gotten a befitting reply,” she said.

During a public meet at Chandrakona in Paschim Medinipur district on May 1, BJP leader Shyamaprasad Mondal questioned Mamata Banerjee’s sexuality by accusing her of minority appeasement. “It’s difficult to make out whether Mamata Banerjee is a man or a woman. I doubt that she is a hijra (enunch), the ones you see in local trains and buses,” he said. An FIR was booked against the BJP leader for outraging the modesty of a woman.

Mamata Banerjee retorted to the minority appeasement allegation by calling BJP ‘fake Hindus’. “We don’t need to prove anything to fake Hindus and don’t need to take out armed rallies to prove our Hinduism. We worship Maa Durga, who was worshipped by Lord Ram,” she said.

“Those wanting to put us behind the bars by misusing CBI and ED should remember that we also have several cases readied against them,” the TMC supremo said in an indirect reference to CBI and ED’s investigation into Saradha, Rose Valley and Narada scams.

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