A muslim cleric on Monday issued a fatwa against Dilip Ghosh for making ‘filthy’ comments against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
“From where does he get such audacity to make filthy comments against our beloved chief minister who is the most secular leader of our country? I issued the fatwa which states that he should be pelted with stones and then kicked out of Bengal. He does not deserve to stay in Bengal,” Maulana Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, shahi imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque, said.
Barkati was accompanied by TMC MP Idris Ali, who too condemned Ghosh for his comments.
The state BJP president reacted to the ‘fatwa’ announcement, telling the imam that this is neither Pakistan nor Bangladesh that he could issue fatwa and would go scot-free.
“What does Barkati think, is this Bangladesh or Pakistan that he will issue fatwa against me? He can issue fatwa against TMC, they will listen to him, but not BJP. It seems that Barkati no longer wishes to stay in Bengal or India. I think he is planning to migrate to Pakistan or Bangladesh,” Ghosh told PTI.
The Trinamool Congress had on Sunday condemned Ghosh for using “abusive and goonda-like” language against Banerjee, while announcing a three-day protest against the Centre’s demonetisation of high-value notes.