The poster depicting Congress president Sonia Gandhi
as goddess Durga, in Moradabad (UP)
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Uttar Pradesh: A Muzaffarpur court has admitted a complaint against Congress president Sonia Gandhi charging her with outraging religious feelings of Hindus in her portrayal as Goddess Durga in a poster at the party's Muradabad office in Uttar Pradesh.
District Judge H K Srivastava admitted the complaint filed by an advocate Sudhir Ojha against Sonia, Uttar Pradesh and Muradabad district party presidents.(Congratulation to Advocate Sudhir Ojha for showing such alertness against defamation of Goddess Durga! - Editor)
The charges were made under three sections of IPC: Sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy).
After admitting the petition on Wednesday, Srivastava transferred it to fast-track Judge V K Mandal for initiating legal proceedings.
Earlier on December 1, 2007, a magistrate had dismissed Ojha's petition that prompted the lawyer to move the court of the district judge on December 11, 2007.
Ojha, in his complaint, alleged the Muradabad district Congress president in league with UP Congress committee chief had put up the poster on the wall of the party's Muradabad office on June 21, 2007.
Sonia was in criminal conspiracy with them in the exercise, he charged.
The poster with Sonia as 'Durga' was beamed by television channels and its photographs appeared in several newspapers hurting the sentiments of the Hindus, he alleged.
The fast track court is likely to take up hearing of the case next month.
» Protest against Defamation of Hindu Deities
Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A lawyer on Friday filed a case in a court here against the portrayal of Congress president Sonia Gandhi as Goddess Durga in a poster on the plea that it hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.
Sudhir Ojha filed the case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate D P Singh under various sections of IPC, including section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 298 (utterance with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy).
(There is no apology tendered to Hindus by Sonia Gandhi till now.Congratulations to Advocate Sudhir Ojha for promptly filing a case for hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus.Such individuals are strengths of Hindu Dharma. Let this example serve as a source of inspiration to Hindus - Editor)
June 22, 2007
The Congress on Friday sacked its Moradabad district chief Ajay Saraswat Soni after posters depicting party chief Sonia Gandhi as Goddess Durga were found in the party office there.
Sonia condemned the appearance of the said posters and ordered the state Congress committee to inquire into the matter and identify the persons responsible for it.Sonia had asked the state unit of the party to take immediate action to expel from the party if the persons responsible for the act were Congressmen. "Following this, the District Congress Committee president Ajay Saraswat Soni has been relieved from his post with immediate effect," AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement in Delhi.
(Sonia Gandhi should also apologize to Hindus for hurting of their religious sentiments. Hindus should demand an apology from her. - Editor)
New Delhi: Congress workers regard their Chief Sonia Gandhi as Goddess, but in Moradabad, UP, they have embarrassed the party in their devotion.
Congress workers have put Sonia’s photograph on a poster of Goddess Durga displayed inside a party office in Moradabad. Like Durga, Sonia is shown with several arms and each which is supposed to be a department of the party organisation. Sonia is shown riding a lion, which is meant to represent political power.
A PTI report said A S Soni, the party’s district President, said the “work of art” was made by a painter who hung the "sample piece" in the office during the UP Assembly elections in which the party was routed. “There is no objection to it since it is a work of art," Soni told PTI.
Former Congress MP from Moradabad Hafiz Siddique rejected Soni’s statement and said the poster was unacceptable. "This picture is objectionable, as we cannot accept Sonia Gandhi in such a portrayal. In fact nobody can accept such things as Congress party is a secular organisation and we are condemning this," he said.
Asad Moulaei, the Congress’ chief in Moradabad, said the party had members from different religions, and condemned the portrayal of the leader as a Hindu Goddess. "No politician must be portrayed as God," said former Congress MP Pawan Ghatwar.
The poster is embarrassing for Congress leaders because they had criticised the BJP for a poster depicting Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as Goddess Annapurna.
The poster, which was designed by a BJP worker, shows former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Lord Vishnu, senior BJP leader L K Advani as Lord Brahma and BJP President Rajnath Singh as Lord Shiva.
(This is gross denigration of Hindu Goddess Durga by impersonating Sonia.Will Congressmen supporting this painting as 'work of Art' allow Sonia Gandhi to be painted as Mother Mary, or Prophet Mohammed's wife Ayesha? How can a secular party make use of religious icons of one religion for their election propaganda? Due to grave ignorance of Hindus towards defamation of our deities, such paintings are being created and supported as 'Art' and anti Hindu painter M.F Hussain is still free. Hindus should protest till an apology is tendered by Sonia for hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus. - Editor)