Trinamool condemns MP Mahua Moitra for her controversial comment on goddess Kali

Moitra said she has every right as an individual to imagine goddess Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess.

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Tuesday stirred a controversy by saying that she has every right as an individual to imagine goddess Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess, as every person has the right to worship god in their own way.

Following the comment made at a India Today Conclave East in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress distanced itself from the Krishnanagar MP stating publicly that she had made the comment on a personal capacity and the party had nothing to do with it. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meanwhile criticised the comment saying it was a stand of Bengal’s ruling party and an insult to Hindu gods and goddesses.

At the programme, Moitra had said: “If you go to Bhutan or Sikkim for example, when they perform puja they give whisky to their god. Now, if you go to Uttar Pradesh and say that you give whisky to your god as prasad, they will call it blasphemous… for me, goddess Kali is a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess. And if you go to Tarapith (in West Bengal’s Birbhum district), you will see sadhus smoking. That is the version of Kali people worship there. I, within Hinduism, being a Kali worshipper, have the right to imagine Kali in that way, that is my freedom”. She was speaking in the context of a film that had courted controversy for releasing posters showing goddess Kali smoking.

The Trinamool MP further said: “I have the freedom to do it as much as you have the freedom to worship your god as vegetarian and white-clothed”.

Later, when her comments went viral, the Krishnanagar MP issued a clarification on Twitter to say: “To all you sanghis – lying will NOT make you better hindus. I NEVER backed any film or poster or mentioned the word smoking. Suggest you visit my Maa Kali in Tarapith to see what food & drink is offered as bhog. Joy Ma Tara”

Later, Trinamool Congress, made an official statement on Twitter: “The comments made by @MahuaMoitra at the #IndiaTodayConclaveEast2022 and her views expressed on Goddess Kali have been made in her personal capacity and are NOT ENDORSED BY THE PARTY in ANY MANNER OR FORM. All India Trinamool Congress strongly condemns such comments.”

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