Guwahati: An FIR has been lodged against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in Assam for hurting the sentiments of the Assamese people in a tweet.
On Friday, Jatiya Sangrami Sena, Asom (JSSA) in Sivsagar district, lodged a petition, demanding an unconditional apology from Moitra for linking the `Gogoi` surname to sexual harassment in a tweet.
In the complainant, the president of the organisation`s Sivasagar unit, Pranab Chetia wrote: “It has been observed that her (Moitra`s) Twitter comment is deliberately replacing the word sexual harassment with the word Mr. Gogoi, which is a clear intention to defame and disregard an established ethnic community of Assam, and hence I urge the law of the land to protect the sanctity, integrity and respect of the Ahom community and bring Mohua Moitra to justice.”
“My first of new Twitter series on replacements for unparliamentary words. Banned word – Sexual Harassment Replacement – Mr. Gogoi,” Mahua tweeted. Her tweet referred to an ‘order’ pertaining to the list of parliamentary words. However, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla later said no word has been banned, nor is there any restriction on the right of MPs to express their views.
Moitra`s tweet agitated many netizens in Assam as the surname Gogoi is quite common within the Ahom community of the state.
Utpal Borpujari, the national award-winning movie critic, publicly condemned Moitra’s insulting remarks and suggested she should rather mention the name of that particular person whom she had been referring to.
The Trinamool MP later came up with another tweet in which she revealed the name she was referring to ‘Ranjan Gogoi’. She wrote: “Just for those sanghis twisting tweet to say I targeted all Gogois, let me spell it out: Mister Ranjan Gogoi. Honourable MP, Rajya Sabha.”