In the last phase of her campaign against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, Banerjee declared herself to be of ‘Shandilya’ gotra — a revelation which immediately prompted BJP leader Giriraj Singh to taunt her. “Do you consider Rohingyas and other infiltrators as Shandilyas and offered them the red carpet?” Singh asked, setting off a row with TMC MP Mohua Moitra.
“Giriraj says Mamata’s from ‘Rohingya clan’. Proud of it. Far better than being from the chotiwala rakshasa clan,” Moitra tweeted. Singh, who identifies himself as a ‘Shandilya’ on social media, had said that Banerjee was forced to play the ‘gotra’ card because of the fear that she was going to lose.
Union Minister Giriraj Says Mamata’s from ‘Rohingya Clan’Proud of it. Far better than being from the Chotiwala Rakshasa Clan!
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) 1617172348000
“Mamata didi, now it is to be found out whether the gotra of Rohingyas and the infiltrators is Shandilya or not. Those who settled Rohingyas for votes, those who stopped Durga puja and Kali puja and humiliated Hindus, now descended on gotra in fear of defeat. Shandilya gotra is dedicated to Sanatan and the nation, not for the vote,” Singh tweeted.
बंगाल को बधाई।यह स्पष्ट हो गया कि ममता दीदी को रोहिंग्या और घुसपैठियों के वोट कम पड़ गए। आज, हार की स्वीकारो… https://t.co/q5ftpRtbyH
— Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) 1617198261000
Moitra’s “chhotiwala rakshasa clan” riposte invited sharp responses from BJP netas. “Proud of being Rohingya and calling Hindus rakshasas is a new low even by TMC’s otherwise low standards. Shame on their appeasement politics,” BJP MP Locket Chatterjee said.
Proud of being a Rohingya and calling Hindus Rakshas is a new low even by TMC’s otherwise low standards! Shame on t… https://t.co/2CxLfRVvUr
— Locket Chatterjee (@me_locket) 1617173381000
Sharing a 2017 report of a Banerjee government order prohibiting immersion of Durga idols after 6 pm on Dashami (Sept 30) till October 1 due to Muharram processions, BJP’s B L Santhosh tweeted, “After all this, now telling actually I’m a Shandilya… voters are not fools.”
Mamata said when she visited a temple, the priest asked her about her gotra. “I told him ‘Maa Maati Manush’. That reminded me of my visit to Tripureshwari temple where too the priest had asked my gotra and I told him ‘Maa Mati Manush’,” she said, adding that “actually I am Shandilya”.