'Most nobel laureates than...': Mahua Moitra hits back at Paresh Rawal over 'Bengalis' remark
Paresh Rawal, the former BJP MP, had on Tuesday linked gas cylinders, Bengalis and fish during a campaign speech in Gujarat.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Friday (December 2, 2022) hit back at actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal for his statement linking gas cylinders, Bengalis and fish during a campaign speech in Gujarat.
"Actually Kemchho Slapstickman need not have apologised. The 2nd part of Cook Fish like Bengalis is 'Have Brains like Bengalis'. Most nobel laureates than any other Indian state, buddy boy," Mahua posted on her official Twitter account.
Actually Kemchho Slapstickman need not have apologised.
The 2nd part of Cook Fish like Bengalis is “Have Brains like Bengalis”
Most nobel laureates than any other Indian state, buddy boy…. — Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) December 2, 2022
Rawal, the former BJP MP, had on Tuesday taken up the issue of gas cylinder prices, an emotive poll issue, at a BJP rally in Gujarat's Valsad district.
"Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi?
"What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?" he had said.
He, however, apologised after a huge backlash from the Bengali community and some others on social media.
"Of course the fish is not the issue as Gujaratis do cook and eat fish. But let me clarify by Bengali I meant illegal Bangladeshi N Rohingya. But still if I have hurt your feelings and sentiments I do apologise," he wrote on Twitter on Friday.
of course the fish is not the issue AS GUJARATIS DO COOK AND EAT FISH . BUT LET ME CLARIFY BY BENGALI I MEANT ILLEGAL BANGLA DESHI N ROHINGYA. BUT STILL IF I HAVE HURT YOUR FEELINGS AND SENTIMENTS I DO APOLOGISE. https://t.co/MQZ674wTzq— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) December 2, 2022
CPI(M) wants Paresh Rawal prosecuted for 'hate speech'
Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Md Salim on Friday said that he has lodged a police complaint against Paresh Rawal in Kolkata and alleged that the veteran actor made utterances during a recent poll rally in Gujarat that tantamounted to hate speech against the Bengali community.
Salim, in his complaint to Taratola Police Station, said he came across a video on various social media platforms featuring the actor giving a speech, which could promote feelings of hatred against Bengalis.
The CPI(M) leader said he apprehended that people from Bengal residing in other parts of the country could get affected as a result of Rawal's comments.
"Such speech on public domain has been made to provoke riots and destroy harmony between Bengali community and other communities across the country, and cause public mischief," Salim claimed.
Salim said Rawal had made an unsavoury reference, linking gas cylinders with Bangladeshis, Rohingyas, Bengalis and fish, and sought prosecution of the actor under various sections of IPC, including Sections 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 505 (statements intending public mischief).
(With agency inputs)