BJP leader ‘clarifies’ 'wear Bermudas' remarks against Mamata, says ‘showing legs in saree is inappropriate’
Three days after stirring up a row when he said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should wear a pair of Bermudas in order to display her injured leg, Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday attempted to clarify his statement.
“She is our CM, we expect her to act appropriately, befitting Bengal’s culture,” said Ghosh, adding: “A woman showing her legs in saree is inappropriate. People are objecting. I found it objectionable, so I spoke.”
While addressing an election meeting in Purulia on Monday, Ghosh had purportedly said: "...she is wearing saree with one leg covered but kept another open for viewing. Haven't seen anyone draping a saree in such a way... If she has to display her leg for viewing, she can very well wear Bermuda shorts. That will help to have a better view.”
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien had yesterday condemned Ghosh’s purported remarks against the West Bengal CM as "distasteful".
"There is decency, there is a courtesy which we always try to extend. Doesn't matter man, woman... So I am a little disturbed...most distasteful statement was made about a woman saying that she should not wear a saree anymore but she should wear Bermuda shorts," said the Trinamool MP while participating in a debate on the Finance Bill in Rajya Sabha.
"This is not acceptable in politics. This was said by an MP and state president of the BJP. We condemn this kind of remarks against anyone," added O'Brien.
Meanwhile, TMC’s Lok Sabha MP Mohua Moitra tweeted on Wednesday, saying: "BJP state president asks in a public meeting why Mamata Di 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?"
Another TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar described Ghosh’s statement as shocking. "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," said Dastidar.