An Indian woman politician has said that “Kaali to me is a meat-eating, alcohol-accepting goddess. Her words have hurt the feeling of many people and several FIR filed against her for disrespecting goddess Kali.
Who is Mahua Moitra?
47-year-old Mahua Moitra was born on 12 October 1974 and is a member of the TMC party. She was a banker before she became a member of parliament in the the17th Lok Sabha from Krishna Nagar, West Bengal.
Mahua Moitra 2019 participated and won a seat in the Indian general election as an All India Trinamool Congress party candidate. From 2016 to 2019 she was a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Representing Karimpur.
For the past few year, she was also the general secretary and national spokesperson of the All India Trinamool Congress (ATIC). After her appointment as TMC’s Goa in charge to prepare the party for the 2022 Goa Legislative Assembly election, she was elected as its Goa spokesperson on 13 November 2021.
FIR against Moitra Mahua
A case has been filed on Wednesday against Moitra on her comment on goddess Kali by the police in Bjp-ruled Madhya Pradesh.
The Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings) section 295A was used to register the First Information Report (FIR) in the state capital Bhopal, an official explained.
The comments made by @MahuaMoitra at the #IndiaTodayConclaveEast2022 and her views expressed on Goddess Kali have been made in her personal capacity and are NOT ENDORSED BY THE PARTY in ANY MANNER OR FORM.
All India Trinamool Congress strongly condemns such comments.
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) July 5, 2022
Mahua Moitra clarifies after the controversy
Moitra in an interview has said that she is not supporting any film or poster. She has never mentioned any film name or goddess Kali smoking. She is just saying what she thinks. She said i am free to imagine anything.
In my imagination, I saw kaali in that way. There are numerous temples and gods who are in repect given meat and alcohol.
To all you sanghis- lying will NOT make you better hindus.
I NEVER backed any film or poster or mentioned the word smoking.
Suggest you visit my Maa Kali in Tarapith to see what food & drink is offered as bhog.
Joy Ma Tara
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) July 5, 2022
People connecting this to another controversy Kaali film poster, filmmaker-actor Leena Manimekalai recently shared her film first look poster where Kali is smoking ciggrett for which the film faces Boycott.
Leaders to common Twitter users demanding apology from Mahua Moitra:
इतने ट्वीट डालो , रीट्वीट करो की आवाज संसद तक जाए #महुआ_मोइत्रा_माफी_मांगो
— Dr. Prachi Sadhvi (@Sadhvi_prachi) July 6, 2022
#MahuaMoitra intentionally made that statement on Maa Kali to hurt Hindu Sentiment.
She does that intentionally often with clear motive to the sentiment of Majority. pic.twitter.com/yV4rQ7cgai
— Tarunjyoti Tewari (@tjt4002) July 5, 2022