BJP worker arrested for meme on Mamata Banerjee

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11 May 2019

#DidiRaj: BJP worker arrested for posting meme on Mamata Banerjee

There's tolerance and then there's Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee's version of tolerance. According to her definition, one can't crack jokes or make memes on her.

As preposterous as it sounds, it became a reality for a BJP worker in West Bengal. The worker, identified as Priyanka Sharma, was arrested by state police on Friday for posting a meme on Banerjee.

Here's what happened.

Case

Meme on Banerjee had a Met Gala connection

Meme on Banerjee had a Met Gala connection

Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Youth Morcha (BJYM) worker, had posted a meme on Banerjee on her Facebook profile.

Banerjee's face was superimposed on Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's Met Gala dress.

Taking offense at Sharma's harmless joke (because that is what we do these days), a TMC leader Vibhas Hazra filed a complaint against her at Howrah Police's Cyber Cell.

Subsequently, Sharma was arrested.

Reactions

Several Twitter users condemned the arrest

The appalling move garnered criticism on social media. BJP supporters started the trend #ISupportPriyankaSharma on Twitter.

BJP supporter Rishi Bagree wrote, "I don't know her. I never met her. But still, I can feel the pain of Priyanka Sharma who has been arrested for sharing a viral meme on Mamata. Just imagine what her family is going through right now."

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Tweets

Poonam Mahajan asked Banerjee to release Sharma soon

Poonam Mahajan asked Banerjee to release Sharma soon

The trend elicited dozens of responses. Poonam Mahajan, who is seeking re-election from Mumbai North Central, wrote, "Forget humor, any sort of expression is dead in @MamataOfficial's Bengal."

Whereas Ramesh Solanki tweeted: A girl is sent to 14 days custody in Bengal for posting funny meme on @MamataOfficial, FoE goes for toss and liberals goes in hiding holes applying fevicol on their mouth.

Separately, BJP's Tejasvi Surya drew an analogy

Looking back

Apparently, Banerjee doesn't like when people crack jokes on her

This is hardly the first time that Banerjee has shown she wants to govern Bengal with an iron hand.

In April 2012, Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor at Jadavpur University, was arrested for forwarding a cartoon lampooning Banerjee. His friend Subrata Sengupta was also picked up.

The same year, retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ashok Ganguly ordered the state to give Rs. 50,000 to both of them as compensation.

Order

Despite order, state government didn't pay compensation, was penalized

Despite order, state government didn't pay compensation, was penalized

The state government, however, ignored the court's order. So three years later, in 2015, the court ordered the government to give Rs. 75,000 each.

Back then, Mahapatra had suggested Banerjee to uphold democratic rights. "This verdict is a step forward towards the victory of human rights, freedom of speech and democratic rights of the people," he said at the time.

Opinion

Banerjee needs introspection before pointing fingers at others

Just last month, Banerjee, who is a staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called him a "fascist and liar".

She has formed her entire poll strategy around the blunders of PM Modi, and stifling free speech is one of them.

As despicable actions like Sharma's arrest are happening right under her nose, Banerjee doesn't have the right to take the moral high ground.

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Who is Priyanka Sharma?

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Priyanka Sharma is a BJYM worker who was arrested in West Bengal.

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Priyanka Sharma was arrested for posting a meme on Mamata Banerjee.

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The complaint was filed by TMC leader Vibhas Hazra.

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#IStandWithPriyankaSharma trend was started by BJP supporters to condemn the arrest of Priyanka Sharma.

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