The Bengal BJP leadership demanded the arrest of TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Wednesday for allegedly infringing on Hindu religious feelings with her inflammatory remarks on Goddess Kali.
If no action was taken against her within 10 days, the party warned it would file a motion in court citing police inactivity.
Moitra sparked a debate at a conclave on Tuesday by claiming that she had every right as an individual to see Deity Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess, because everyone worships deities in their own way.
The TMC MP was asked about the latest outcry over a movie poster depicting a lady costumed as Goddess Kali smoking a cigarette and brandishing a pride flag.
Shortly after, the BJP went for the remark with a hammer and tongs, wondering if West Bengal’s ruling party had a policy of “insulting Hindu gods and goddesses.”
Deity Kali is never worshipped as a goddess who consumes wine or flesh, according to Sanatan Hindu dharma. For centuries, Hindus revered Goddess Kali as a symbol of power over evil. Her remarks have offended religious people.
“In view of the statement against Goddess Kali, we demand her arrest,” BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said.
Suvendu Adhikari, the Assembly’s Leader of Opposition, said hundreds of police complaints have been filed against Moitra around the state.