Bengal polls: I know how long cigarette she smokes, TMC candidate taunts BJP's Roopa Ganguly

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Kolkata, April 20: Former Left minister Abdur Rezzaq Mollah, who is contesting the Assembly election in West Bengal this year on the Trinamool Congress's (TMC) ticket, launched an ugly attack on celebrity politicians---including two MPs of the TMC itself.

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Mollah attacked BJP candidate Roopa Ganguly, an actor-politician, saying he knows how long cigerette does she smoke and with who she stays. "She is really a Draupadi," the veteran leader, who joined the TMC earlier this year and is contesting from Bhangar, his former constituency during the Left years, said about the actor. He said this while speaking to a celebrity interviewer of Bengali news channel ABP Ananda. [Mamata welcomes leader in her party who once called her "Hitler in saree"]

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Ganguly played the role of Draupadi in BR Chopra's popular serial 'Mahabharat' which was aired on Doordarshan in the late 1980s.

Mollah attacks his own party's celebrity MPs as well

Mollah also didn't spare his own party's celebrity MPs. When the interviewer, the veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee, asked him about actors entering politics, Mollah said people like Dev are being proved useful in politics, not "gentlemen" like Chatterjee. 

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He also questioned the decision to field celebrity candidates in elections. He said people like Moon Moon Sen, also an MP, are of no use to grasroots people. According to Mollah, the celebrities are brought in to overcome feuds in the party.

The BJP strongly protested against the remark made on Ganguly, saying it will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission. The civil society also slammed Mollah for his remark.

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