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Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has landed in a soup with her comments on “Mr Gogoi”. An FIR has been filed against Moitra in Sivasagar for allegedly “insulting” the sentiments of the Assamese people.

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The police complaint was lodged by Jatiya Sangrami Sena, Asom, in Sivasagar district on July 15, demanding unconditional apology from Moitra for relating the ‘Gogoi’ surname to sexual harassment in a tweet.

In the FIR, Pranab Chetia, president of the organisation’s Sivasagar unit, wrote: “It has been observed that her (Mahua 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.”

The Trinamool Lok Sabha MP sparked a row when she posted on her Twitter handle: “My first of new Twitter series on replacements for unparliamentary words. Banned word – Sexual Harassment Replacement – Mr Gogoi.”

Mahua Moitra was referring to the row erupted over the reported ‘banning’ of some words from use in the Parliament, though the Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla categorically denied that any such change has been made

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Mahua Moitra’s tweet irked many netizens as the surname Gogoi is very common within the Ahom community of the state.

Later, in another tweet, the Trinamool MP 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.”

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