BJP IT-Cell Chief Amit Malviya Faces Case Over Alleged Derogatory Remarks Against Mamata Banerjee

A case has been filed against BJP IT-cell chief Amit Malviya for allegedly making derogatory remarks about West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, reflecting the escalating political tensions between TMC and BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

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BJP IT-Cell Chief Amit Malviya Faces Case Over Alleged Derogatory Remarks Against Mamata Banerjee

BJP IT-Cell Chief Amit Malviya Faces Case Over Alleged Derogatory Remarks Against Mamata Banerjee

A case has been filed against BJP IT-cell chief Amit Malviya in Kolkata for allegedly making derogatory remarks about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an X post on April 19, 2024. The complaint was lodged by West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya at the Gariahat police station.

Bhattacharya, who is considered close to Mamata Banerjee, accused Malviya of making derogatory remarks against the country's only woman Chief Minister and trying to tarnish her image. She claimed that Malviya's comments, citing Banerjee's speech, that she used abusive words and unparliamentary language, were a targeted attack on the Chief Minister.

In her complaint, Bhattacharya expressed concern over the derogatory comments and stated that "Banerjee's heart must have been hurt by such remarks." She alleged that Malviya's post was "blatantly derogatory and disrobes the dignity of women and insults the only sitting female chief minister in the entire nation" and was made with the intention to affect the result of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

A case has been registered against Malviya under sections 500/504/509 of the Indian Penal Code, including defamation, insult intended to provoke breach of peace, and uttering words or making gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman. The Trinamool Congress had earlier denied that Banerjee had made any derogatory remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the rally, as alleged in Malviya's post.

Why this matters: The case against Amit Malviya reflects the escalating political tensions between Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and the BJP in West Bengal. The incident highlights the growing allegations of verbal attacks and attempts to discredit leaders from opposing parties in the lead up to the Lok Sabha elections.

The FIR lodged against Malviya at the Gariahat police station follows accusations of him making objectionable remarks against the West Bengal Chief Minister. Bhattacharya, in her complaint, cited media reports and Malviya's tweet criticizing Banerjee, and accused him of attempting to tarnish the image of the country's only woman Chief Minister. The case is currently under investigation, and the outcome is awaited.

Key Takeaways

  • A case filed against BJP IT-cell chief Amit Malviya for derogatory remarks about Mamata Banerjee.
  • Complaint lodged by West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, alleging attack on CM's dignity.
  • Malviya accused of making derogatory comments, citing Banerjee's speech, to affect Lok Sabha elections.
  • Case registered under IPC sections for defamation, insult, and insulting a woman's modesty.
  • Incident reflects escalating political tensions between TMC and BJP in West Bengal.