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Lok Sabha Polls 2024 | TMC knocks EC door over BJP's Abhijit Gangopadhyay's 'sexist' remarks against Mamata

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP candidate for Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency Abhijit Gangopadhyay, alleging that he made 'sexist' remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a public rally.
Last Updated : 17 May 2024, 09:01 IST
Last Updated : 17 May 2024, 09:01 IST

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Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP candidate for Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency Abhijit Gangopadhyay, alleging that he made "sexist" remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a public rally.

TMC leader and West Bengal minister Shashi Panja said the party will also take legal action against Gangopadhyay, a former judge of Calcutta High Court.

In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal, TMC leader Derek O’Brien said, "In the said speech, Gangopadhyay has made certain highly offensive utterances, being: 'Mamata Banerjee, how much are you being sold for? Your rate is 10 lakhs, why? Because you're getting your make-up done by Keya Seth? Mamata Banerjee, is she even a woman? I keep wondering sometimes."

"This clearly shows the misogynist conduct of the BJP candidate. It is unfortunate that having being held a prominent position in the judiciary, he has chosen to attack on the dignity of women, especially one who is holding a position of power," the letter stated.

The TMC demanded that the office of the CEO should issue orders to initiate criminal proceedings against Gangopadhay and impose a complete ban on him from attending any public meetings, processions or rallies, besides restraining him and other BJP candidates from making any personal or disgraceful remarks.

Addressing a press conference, Panja said that Gangopadhyay "has crossed all limits of decency by making 'sexist' remarks against Banerjee".

In a purported video which surfaced on Thursday Gangopadhyay was heard wondering about "the amount for which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is being sold," triggering a row with the TMC labelling 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.

"Gangopadhyay is a candidate and a former judge. He must be aware of the legal matters than most of us. Can a candidate use such words," Panja asked.

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Published 17 May 2024, 09:01 IST

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