Members of the 17th Lok Sabha took oath today in the Lower House of the Parliament. The elected representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party from West Bengal took their oaths amidst chants of “Jai Shri Ram”.
— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) June 17, 2019
Debasree Chaudhuri, Minister of State for Ministry of Women and Child Development, too, took her oath amidst rousing chants of “Jai Shri Ram” in the Lok Sabha.
Took oath as Member of the 17th #LokSabha
Thank You People of Raiganj to give me an Opportunity to represent in Parliament. Slogan of “Jai Shri Ram” in the Temple of Democracy. pic.twitter.com/En4Du8GiR1
— Debasree Chaudhuri (@DebasreeBJP) June 17, 2019
“Jai Shri Ram” has become a battle cry in West Bengal with Bengalis raising the slogan in protest against the oppressive policies of the Trinamool government in the state. The BJP was able to increase its tally to a whopping 18 from a mere 2 in the previous general elections.
Political violence against those who chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ has become increasingly frequent too in the state. As a consequence, Bengalis have started chanting the slogan in front of Mamata Banerjee as she passes by. She has displayed a tendency of becoming overly agitated with the slogans and even had the Police arrest those who raised the slogans.
While the Mamata government is currently busy fighting Doctors on the streets, the chants being raised in the Parliament while BJP leaders from Bengal are being perceived as a symbol of the state slipping away from TMC’s hold.