Hindu Mahasabha to contest panchayat elections in West Bengal

A scandal has erupted over the depiction of a bald man dressed in dhoti with a cane, looking like Mahatma Gandhi as ‘Asur’ during a Durga Puja Pandal organized by All India Hindu Mahasabha.

A scandal has erupted over the depiction of a bald man dressed in dhoti with a cane, looking like Mahatma Gandhi as ‘Asur’ during a Durga Puja Pandal organized by All India Hindu Mahasabha.

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, who made headlines earlier this month for holding a Durga Puja in Kolkata which had an idol Mahishasur resembling Mahatma Gandhi, has announced that he will contest next year’s panchayat elections in West Bengal.

The relatively unknown outfit in the contemporary political landscape of West Bengal also tried on Friday to stir up a new controversy by demanding that the picture of Gandhi on the banknotes be replaced with that of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

“We believe that Netaji’s contribution to the country’s freedom struggle was no less than that of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus, the best way to honor India’s greatest freedom fighter, Netaji, is to have his picture on banknotes. The picture of Gandhi should be replaced by that of Netaji,” said its state president, Chandrachur Goswami, at a press conference.

Speaking on the state outfit, Mr Goswami said he would challenge next year’s panchayat polls.

“Neither the TMC nor the BJP have been able to protect the rights of the Hindu Bengalis. We will fight to protect their rights. We also do not support the demand for the division of Bengal by some BJP leaders. We want to work to state building,” he said.

“Representation of Unwitting Mahishasur”

Stating that his organization is growing in every district of the state, Mr Goswami said, “We will challenge the panchayat polls and are confident of astonishing results. Mr Goswami, however, reiterated that the portrayal of Gandhi as Mahishasur was “involuntary” and “coincidence”.

Like pictures of the Mahishasura The idol, who had a bald head, round glasses and was dressed in a white dhoti with a stick in her hand, went viral on social media as the outfit came under fire from all sides. The look of the modest pandal idol near the Ruby Crossing was changed after being pushed by the police.

“We had no intention of presenting Gandhi as Mahishasur. It was not intentional. Those trying to create controversy on the issue should refrain from doing so,” Mr Goswami said.

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