Lucknow/Varanasi, Dec 8 (UNI) In the aftermath of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee terming Lord Ram an ''imagination of poets'', a mob today took to streets and burnt him in effigy at Uttar Pradesh capital and temple town Varanasi.
Ranting anti-Buddhadeb and anti UPA government slogans, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) activists took to streets and burnt the Chief Minister in effigy infront of state legislature in Lucknow.
''Buddhadeb has lost sense after the Nandigram fiasco...he is hatching a conspiracy to divert the mind of people from the boiling Nandigram issue,'' BJP Mahanagar unit president Pradeep Bhargav alleged.
Meanwhile, shouting anti-Buddhadab slogans, Rameshswaram Ramsetu Raksha Manch activists burnt his effigy at the historical Harishchandra Ghat of Varanasi.
According to reports, several activists gathered at Sonarpura crossing this afternoon and marched to the historical Ghar on the banks of river Ganga. After setting the effigy on fire, the mob distributed sweets to people.
On the 15th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, Mr Bhattacharjee had in Kolkata said that Lord Ram was born in the imagination of poets and Ram Setu was a natural formation under the sea. The Sethusamudram Canal Project was being decried by the Sangh Parivar on religious grounds, but it was vital for economic development of the nation, he had added.