BJP national secretary from West Bengal Anupam Hazra on Sunday said that he will hug chief minister Mamata Banerjee if he is infected with COVID-19. He has been booked by the West Bengal Police in connection with the same.
The comment came a day after Mr Hazra was appointed secretary by the BJP replacing Rahul Sinha.
Anupam Hazra, a former MP from Bolpur who joined the BJP in January 2019, was quoted as saying, “If someday I am found Covid positive I will go to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and hug her. She will understand the pain of those who have suffered the disease and have lost their near and dear ones during the pandemic.”
Hazra’s comments came during a media interaction at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas where he and a large number of BJP workers flouted social distancing norms and did not even wear masks.
The police booked him on a complaint filed this morning by Trinamool Congress’s Refugee Cell for derogatory remarks against a woman and head of the state. It seeks action against Anupam Hazra for maligning a public figure, who is a woman, in violation of the Constitution and hurting the sentiments of the complainants. The police complaint was filed at the Siliguri police station in Darjeeling district.