A day after BJP and TMC workers were locked in `poster war’in West Bengal, ahead of Prime Minister Nanredra Modi’s visit putting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s posters covering BJP’s Modi posters, the Bihar capital Patna witnessing another `poster war’ on the eve of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Patna later today to take part in ‘Jan Aakansha Rally’. On this occasion, his party supporters allegedly put up posters depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Mahisasura, a demon, who was killed by Goddess Durga, while Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also featured in the poster as Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga respectively.
Even though senior Congress leaders claimed that the party had nothing to do with the poster, the ruling BJP hit out at them over the depiction of a Prime Minister as a demon. BJP state vice-president and former Bihar minister Samrat Choudhary lamented that it was their mental bankruptcy as they do not want others to serve the country.
“It is sad and unfortunate that they are morphing pictures of the country’s PM. Everyone has the right to hold rallies but such tactics of editing others’ pictures can be done only by mentally imbalanced people,” he added. However, Bihar PCC chief Madan Mohan Jha refuted BJP’s allegations and said, “This is not a Congress poster. We cannot be held guilty for deeds by people who claim to be our supporters but are not bound by the party discipline.”
“We would try to find out who has come out with such a poster. If he is found to be in any way associated with the party, strong action will be taken,” Prem Chandra Mishra, party MLC and the chairman of the media cell set up for the ‘Jan Akanksha’ rally, said.
Meanwhile, a local resident Rakesh Dutt Mishra registered a case at Patna civil court against Gandhi, state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha and other party leaders for allegedly hurting ‘Hindu sentiments’ by coming up with posters that depicted party leaders as Hindu deities. Mishra has alleged in the petition that Hindus had felt ‘aggrieved’ by the posters, some of which show Gandhi as Lord Rama while some others depict him as Lord Shiva.