Goddess Kali controversy is only intensifying, as more and more politicians join in the debate. Following Mahua Moitra’s recent comments targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani who has hit back at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. While in Howrah for a 3-day visit, Irani said “I feel lucky to have come to Howrah to visit such a Ram temple. Those who are insulting Hinduism in this way, the Trinamool could have punished them if they wanted. But they did not. The chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) should have dismissed anyone who made such remarks.”
Irani was in the state where she inaugurated several developmental projects and addressed various public meetings. Targeting Trinamool leadership, Irani further said, “It is not impossible for a Trinamool MP to insult mother Kali. In the past too, the TMC top leadership has insulted the gods and goddesses in various ways.”
Earlier, Amit Malviya, head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) IT cell, had highlighted PM Modi’s speech and hit back at Moitra for calling Kali a meat-eating, alcohol-drinking Goddess. He had said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks reverentially about Maa Kaali being the center of devotion, not just for Bengal but whole of India. On the other hand, a TMC MP insults Maa Kaali and Mamata Banerjee instead of acting against her defends her obnoxious portrayal of Maa Kaali…”
The entire thing started earlier this month when Moitra commented that everyone has the right to imagine their diety in their own way. She further added that she thinks of Goddess Kali as a meat-accepting and alcohol-drinking diety. She said, “For me, Goddess Kali is a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess. And if you go to Tarapeeth (a major Shakti peeth in West Bengal’s Birbhum district), you will see sadhus smoking. That is the version of Kali people worship (there). I, within Hinduism, being a Kali worshipper, have the right to imagine Kali in that way; that is my freedom.” Her comments came were regarding a movie whose poster depicted a woman dressed as Maa Kali and smoking.