The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing plans to send 10 lakh postcards to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the words ‘Jai Shri Ram’, the party’s Bengal unit announced on Thursday.
The party urged people to write the name of Lord Ram and a personalised message for the Trinamool Congress chief on the postcard, which will be delivered to her Kolkata address.
“[email protected] will distribute 10 lakh post cards today so that people can send a hearty “Jai Shri Ram” and a personalised message to @mamatofficial,” tweeted BJP Bengal.
“You can get the postcards from your nearest post office and send your message to her address. #MamataDidiJaiShriRam,” the party added.
A photo of the postcard was also attached with the tweet. The postcard bore the stamped address of the TMC chief.
.@BJYMinWB will distribute 10 lakh post cards today so that people can send a hearty “Jai Shri Ram” and a personalised message to @mamatofficial. You can get the postcards from your nearest post office and send your message to her address. #MamataDidiJaiShriRam pic.twitter.com/CgOVQKudFp
— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) May 16, 2019
The call of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ has become a political tool for the BJP, which has been repeatedly targeting the Mamata government for allegedly creating hurdles in the way of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja celebrations.
At a rally in Bengal’s Mathurapur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised the religious issue saying that “chanting of Jai Shri Ram has become a crime in Bengal”.
“There is a problem here regarding Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja, and now saying Jai Sri Ram has become a crime. People of Bengal were troubled by these things since a few years. Who brought these issues on a national platform? Which party has become the voice of Bengal today, it’s BJP,” said the PM.
And on Monday, BJP president Amit Shah challenged Banerjee to arrest him for saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
“Mamata didi, I am chanting Jai Shri Ram here and leaving for Kolkata. Arrest me if you have the guts,” he said at an election rally in Jaynagar.
Shah also urged the people at gathering to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’ with him.
On Wednesday, Union minister Smriti Irani took a jibe at Banerjee at a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur over the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan.
“You are lucky that when you chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’, at least you are not arrested. Today in India, there is a state where if a common citizen merely says ‘Jai Sri Ram’ allies of Congress put him in jail,” she said.
Irani was referring to the reported arrest of three people in Bengal’s Ghatal for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ when Banerjee’s convoy was passing.
Banerjee, the chief of Trinamool Congress, had then tried to confront those raising the slogan, but they fled.