Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh has courted fresh controversy when he said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should wear a pair of bermudas if she wants to display her injured leg.
Addressing a public rally in Purulia district on Tuesday, Ghosh said: "The CM wants to show her plastered leg to everyone. Why doesn't she just wear a pair of Bermudas, instead of draping a saree?... I have never seen anyone drape a saree like that," the BJP state unit chief said.
The controversial statement sparked off raging criticism by Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. The party's Lok Sabha MP Mohua Moitra slammed Ghosh and called him a 'pervert'. She tweeted: "@BJP WB Pres asks in public meeting why Mamatadi is wearing a saree, she should be wearing “Bermuda” shorts to display her leg better And these perverted depraved monkeys think they are going to win Bengal?"
TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said Ghosh's remarks are shocking and that he has crossed all limits. "It now appears that the role of state president has been merely reduced to that of venom-spitting. From scathing attacks towards the CM of Bengal to violence towards TMC workers - he has conveniently crossed all limits," she said.
For the uninitiated, Mamata Banerjee was allegedly attacked while campaigning at Birulia Bazaar in Nandigram on March 10. She was reportedly injured in her left leg, hips, arm, chest, neck and shoulder.
The incident soon became a boiling issue ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections with Banerjee campaigning on a wheelchair. Meanwhile, the BJP has termed it a ploy to gain "sympathy votes".