Kolkata: West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Monday rejected a fatwa issued against him by a Muslim cleric who issued a fatwa against him. Scoffing at the cleric, the BJP leader said India is not Pakistan.
Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Noor-ur Rahman Barkati today issued a fatwa against Ghosh over his “derogatory” remarks against state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He demanded that Ghosh and other RSS members be “thrown out of the country”.
“How can he use such language while speaking about a secular Chief Minister like Banerjee. The entire country respects her and Ghosh has used filthy and abusive expressions like he ‘could have held her by her hair’ and ‘thrown out’. Ghosh and other RSS followers should be thrown out of the country. They are CIA agents,” the Muslim cleric said
Responding to the fatwa issued against him, the BJP leader said, “Ye Pakistan hai kya? Yahan fatwa nahi chalta. Fatwa jaake Mamata Banerjee ko sunao. (Is this Pakistan? Fatwa is not in practice here. Go and declare your fatwa to Mamata).”
Ghosh had said Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress supremo, “has lost her mind” after the demonetisation of high-value currency notes. He threatened that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre could have held her by the hair and thrown her out when she led a demonstration in Delhi.
Addressing a rally at Jhargram of West Midnapore district on Saturday, Ghosh had alleged that the West Bengal Chief Minister was “semi-mad”. He further said Mamata did not want to remain at home but she wandered on the streets. On December 2, at a rally in Uluberia of Howrah district, Ghosh had made belligerent remarks about Banerjee going to Delhi and holding a demonstration at Jantar Mantar against demonetisation.
A day later, speaking at another rally in East Midnapore district’s Tamluk, Ghosh had alleged that the state chief minister had lost her mind.