Speaking on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi compared West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the Rani of Jhansi while equating the NDA government with the British Raj.
Trivedi said, “Recently a movie called Manikarnika was released…. We are reminded of Queen of Jhansi…. Who was Rani Jhansi? She was an ordinary women whom people chose that she should guard Jhansi.”
Referring to Mamata, he said, “In Bengal also there is Rani Jhansi whose name is Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee said that ‘sar kata sakte haen lekin sar jhuka sakte nahin‘ (we are ready to be beheaded but will not kowtow). She is today’s Rani Jhansi who is an ordinary woman and not a queen.”
Responding to the assertions made by the TMC leader, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that it was an insult to the legendary Indian Queen. “She (Mamata) may be Putana but never the Queen of Jhansi,” he remarked.
#WATCH Union Minister Giriraj Singh on reports that TMC said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is the Jhansi ki Rani of the modern times: Shayad Jhansi ki Rani ke upar ye gaali hai. Ye Putana (demoness) ho sakti hain Jhansi Ki Rani nahi ban sakti hain. Ye Kim Jong Un ho sakti hain.. pic.twitter.com/320x2uWAuc
— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2019
Putana, according to Hindu mythology, was a demoness who was killed by Lord Krishna. She was sent by Kansa, Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle, to kill baby Krishna by feeding Him poisoned milk.
Singh went on to add, “She (Mamata) may be Kim Jong Un, who kills people for speaking out against her but she doesn’t have the strength to be Padmavati or Rani of Jhansi. The person who supports illegal Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants and speaks of partitioning India, Rani of Jhansi fought to protect India and she is fighting to destroy it.”