West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was thrown into a fit of fury when a group of men chanted “Jai Shri Ram” slogan as her motorcade was passing through Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district on Thursday.
In a video that has gone viral on the social media, some men are seen shouting “Jai Shri Ram” as Mamata’s motorcade was passing through the area on her way to Naihati to take part in a sit-in demonstration to protest against violence on workers of her party Trinamool Congress.
An enraged Banerjee came out of her car and asked her security officials to note down the name of the men, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
“What do you think of yourself? You will come from other states, stay here and abuse us? I will not tolerate this. How dare you all abuse me? All of your names and details will be noted,” she was heard saying.
After Mamata returned to her car, the men again chanted “Jai Shri Ram” again, prompting her to disembark from the vehicle once more.
Later, while addressing the sit-in at Naihati, Mamata said some BJP workers came in front of her car and abused her verbally. “Is this democracy?” she asked.
Bhatpara has been a hotbed of violent clashes between the BJP and Trinamool Congress workers since the declaration of the results of Lok Sabha poll results last week.
The area is the stronghold of the newly-elected BJP lawmaker Arjun Singh who defected to the saffron party from Trinamool Congress weeks before the election. Singh defeated Trinamool candidate Dinesh Trivedi in the polls.
This is the second incident this month of Mamata losing her cool in public in the face of “Jai Shri Ram” slogan.
Earlier this month, some men, during the parliamentary poll campaign, chanted “Jai Shri Ram” when her motorcade was passing through Chandrakona in West Midnapore district.
In that video, which too had gone viral on the social media, an Mamata was seen coming out of her car and saying that the men were mouthing abuses.