Buddha (CM), you have gone berserk, so quit

VHP demands apology from Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
8 Dec 2007, 1709 hrs ISTclip_image001,clip_image002PTI

KOLKATA: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday demanded an apology from West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for his remarks on Lord Ram, despite his claim that the media had quoted him out of context.

“Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee must ask forgiveness from the Hindus. Does someone who is responsible for Nandigram and Singur have any business commenting on Lord Ram? He has no right to insult Hindus,” VHP International General Secretary Praveen Togadia told newsmen after a rally of the Rameswaram Ramasethu Raksha Manch.

“If Ram is imaginary, then Lord Buddha, after whom the chief minister is named, also did not exist and hence he should have his first name changed,” Togadia said.

On Thursday, speaking at a meeting to comdemn the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Bhattacharjee, had said that Lord Ram existed in the imagination of a poet and the Ram Sethu was a natural geographical formation.

This morning, however, he said in a statement that he had merely repeated the lines of Rabindranath Tagore and that the media had quoted him out of context.


Buddha says his Ram remarks were misquoted
8 Dec 2007, 1341 hrs ISTclip_image001[1],clip_image002[1]PTI

KOLKATA: Seeking to clarify his controversial remarks on the existence of Lord Ram, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday blamed the media, saying his remarks were “taken out of context”.

The chief minister had made the remarks on Thursday while addressing a meeting to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The meeting was oganised by the state’s sports and youth services department.

In a statement here, Bhattacharjee said he quoted lines from Rabindranath Tagore’s Bhasha O Chhanda which went as “kobi tabo monobhumi ramer janmasthan, Ayodhar cheye satya jeno” (the poets’ mind is the birthplace of Ram, which is more real than Ayodhaya).
“A section of the media has taken it out of context,” he said.

The chief minister had said that “Ram was born in the imagination of a poet and Ram Sethu is a natural formation under the sea”.

The CM’s remarks had evoked a sharp reaction from the state BJP.
“The CPM has been playing a communal game as it did with the ouster of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen. The Left has proved it is the most communal party”, said state BJP general secretary Rahul Sinha.



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