Purported video clip of BJP nominee Abhijit Gangopadhyay's remark on Mamata sparks row

The comments triggered a spate of condemnation from TMC leaders who demanded that the Election Commission should take note of it.
West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee (R), Former High Court judge and BJP candidate Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay
West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee (R), Former High Court judge and BJP candidate Justice Abhijit GangopadhyayPhoto | PTI

KOLKATA: A purported video in which Tamluk BJP candidate and former Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay was heard wondering about "the amount at which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is getting sold," triggered a row with the TMC labeling it as BJP's guarantee of disrespecting women, while the saffron party raised doubts about the clip's authenticity.

PTI, however, couldn't verify the authenticity of the video.

The comments triggered a spate of condemnation from TMC leaders who demanded that the Election Commission should take note of it.

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"It is shameful that a former judge who is now a BJP candidate uses such words to malign a woman chief minister. This is the guarantee of the BJP that women under BJP rule will be insulted in this way," TMC leader Santanu Sen said.

Responding to the TMC's assertion, the BJP claimed it was a "fake video".

"We don't agree with the existence of any such videos. This is a ploy by the TMC to release fake videos and malign the BJP. But that won't make any difference in the elections," BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said.

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