Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal poster as Mahisasur fuels tension in Jharkhand

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New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 7:18:21 PM

A goddess Durga poster in Jharkhand has become the centre of state politics that is depicting the goddess slaying three demons-Rahul Gandhi, Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal.

Controversial poster. (Source: Twitter)Controversial poster. (Source: Twitter)

A goddess Durga poster in Jharkhand has become the centre of state politics that is depicting the goddess slaying three demons- Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The poster also has a caption saying, “Kalyugi mahisasur ka vadh karti hui mata” (Mata slaying kalyugi Mahisasur).

As per an HT report, the poster did not have the name of any political party or outfit and no one has claimed responsibility for putting it up. The hoarding is installed at a prominent place of the state capital Ranchi -near Yuvraj Palace Hotel in Doranda- where it is catching maximum eyeballs.

Jharkhand is among the BJP led states and presently Raghubar Das is heading the government here.

Giving a sharp reaction on the issue Congress leaders condemned the act. They said dragging religion into politics showed the level to which some fringe outfits have stooped to and demanded strict action against guilty.

State Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat said, “It is simply ridiculous. CCTV cameras are installed in all corners of the city during Durga Puja, still, nobody knows who was responsible for putting up the hoarding. This surprises me and to some extent also indicates that the miscreants may have the government’s support.” Another Congress leader Vinay Sinha said that they would start an agitation after the puja on the issue.

While on the other side local residents said the hoarding was not there until Monday evening. It seems that someone has put it in the night. BJP leader and state urban development minister CP Singh said that it was a misuse of the right to freedom of speech and expression. Without naming anyone, he, however, pointed out that other groups have indulged in such acts in the past. Though there is an uproar in state politics on the poster but no one has lodged any complaint to the police.

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