Former Judge-Turned-Politician Abhijit Gangopadhyay Barred for Sexist Remarks on WB CM

Former Judge-Turned-Politician Abhijit Gangopadhyay Barred for Sexist Remarks on WB CM

The Election Commission has imposed a 24-hour campaigning ban on Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a former High Court judge who has now ventured into politics, due to his sexist comments directed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Election Commission of India (EC) has advised candidates participating in the current Lok Sabha elections to avoid making statements that could be construed as personal attacks on individuals' private lives.

According to BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya, the party dismissed the video as "fake," asserting that they do not acknowledge its authenticity. He further accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of orchestrating a scheme to circulate fabricated videos in an attempt to discredit the BJP. Bhattacharya emphasized that such tactics would not sway the outcome of the elections.

The alleged remark by the former judge, which is being circulated through online videos, has given significant leverage to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), enabling them to intensify their accusations against the BJP, branding them as "anti-women." This incident adds to a series of events, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Didi-O-Didi" taunt in 2021, which the TMC has utilized to reinforce its narrative against the BJP.

Mr. Gangopadhyay's video, as he contests from Tamluk, emerges against the backdrop of the Sandeshkhali controversy and the ensuing competition for the endorsement of female voters in the state.

Mr. Gangopadhyay, known for his controversial rulings and clashes with lawyers, judges, and senior figures within West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, resigned from the Calcutta High Court and joined the BJP in March of this year.

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