New Delhi: As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went on a dharna in Kolkata to take on the Central Bureau of Investigation for its probe into Saradha scam, an edited video of her calling on Allah to “bless everyone” took social media by a storm.
In the communally suggestive 9-second snippet of a longer video clip, Banerjee can be heard saying, “Main Allah se dua karta hu ki ve sab ko khush rakhe, La illah illa Allah, Muhammadar Rasulallah, Allah sabko khush rakhe (I pray to Allah that he keeps everyone happy).”
The video surfaced on social media three days ago after Banerjee’s spat with the CBI this week resulted in opposition parties rallying behind her to counter what they alleged was the misuse of power by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre.
However, the actual video is from a January 2018 speech that Banerjee gave during Bengal’s annual Mati Utsav event.
Social media users shared the video on platforms like Twitter and Facebook, but primarily WhatsApp, accompanying it with a caption that sought to expose Banerjee’s “true face”.
“Despite being a Hindu, she reads namaz,” wrote one user, while others sought to point out her stated “concern” for Rohingya Muslims.
मोमता बानो जी,
कृपया आप "अल्लाह" को इतनी भद्दी गाली ना दें,
शांतिप्रिय रोहिंगिया समुदाय को ठेस पहुँच सकती है.😂 pic.twitter.com/U7zbxrn8Gs
— 💕 Simran (@CatSimran) February 6, 2019
गाली नहीं दूंगा परन्तु तुझे इशारों में शॉर्ट फॉर्म में समझा भी दूंगा ।।
हिन्दू होकर चन्द वोटो के लिए नमाज पढ़्ती है। pic.twitter.com/uoYgR4sOAP
— भारत माता की जय (@Ajaymit86787622) February 6, 2019
The speech in 2018 highlighted the many steps taken by the Banerjee government to ensure farmer welfare in the state. In her speech, Banerjee not only referred to Allah, but also invoked various Gods towards the end.
The first supplication is the Sanskrit mantra, “Om mangal mangalya, shive sarvarth sadhike, sharanye triambike gauri, narayani namastute,” which is an auspicious Hindu invocation usually chanted before a person undertakes a venture.
Banerjee beseeched not only Allah to bless everyone but also chanted to Guru Nanak Dev (Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh) and invoked the Christian God (“May God bless all”).
The edited-out snippet also deleted the parts where Banerjee proclaimed her love for the country saying, “Saare jahan se achcha, Hindustan hamara.”
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.
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