Kolkata: A police complaint has been filed against BJP's Anupam Hazra, the new national secretary from West Bengal, who had said he would hug chief minister Mamata Banerjee if he gets COVID-19.

The complaint was lodged by the Trinamool Congress on September 30 evening 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.

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Sonarpur Town Trinamool Congress president Krishnapad Mandal lodged the complaint. A meeting at Sonarpur intersection to protest the incident took place. Sonapur South Assembly MLA Jiban Mukherjee was present at the meeting. A group of Trinamool workers and supporters led by the MLA surrounded the police station and a complaint was lodged against Anupam Hazra.

MLA Jiban Mukherjee said, “I don't think he is an educated man. I don't even think of him as a human being. It is not possible to become civilized just by having a degree in education. For becoming a good human being, you must have family values and ethics.”

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BJP leaders in Bengal have distanced themselves from Mr Hazra's comment. "Those in positions of responsibility must be careful about what they speak," BJP's newly appointed vice-president Mukul Roy said.

The BJP has been accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of "misleading" people on the extent of coronavirus crisis in the state by "hiding" real numbers.