Family members of Howrah BJP worker Priyanka Sharma celebrating at their home in Howrah, West Bengal, on Tuesday. Photo/ANI
Family members of Howrah BJP worker Priyanka Sharma celebrating at their home in Howrah, West Bengal, on Tuesday. Photo/ANI

WB: BJP worker Priyanka Sharma's family distributes sweets, thanks SC for granting bail

ANI | Updated: May 14, 2019 13:18 IST

Howrah (West Bengal) [India], May 14 (ANI): The family of West Bengal BJP functionary Priyanka Sharma distributed sweets and thanked the Supreme Court for granting her bail in connection with posting a morphed picture of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook.
Sharma's mother Raj Kumari thanked the apex court and said that the state government's decision to arrest her was not right.
"I am very happy. I am awaiting my daughter's return. I heartily thank the Supreme Court for such a decision. If she had done anything wrong the government could have warned her but directly putting her in custody and that too for 14 days is not done," she said here.
Sharma, convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing in Howrah, was arrested on May 10 a day after posting a picture of actor Priyanka Chopra at the recent Metropolitan Museum Gala in New York with Banerjee's face allegedly superimposed on that of the actor.
Questioning Sharma's arrest, her aunt Radha Singh said, "Tell me what had she done? She is a kid. She shared the image just like several others. The policemen said that they will release her after questioning but then things changed. Now, we are happy."
The apex court first granted conditional bail to Sharma that she give a written apology for her action at the time of release but later changed it to say that she should do it after the release.
Earlier, Sharma's family members had alleged that she was arrested at the ruling TMC's behest as she worked for BJP.
Sharma's arrest led to strong condemnation by BJP leaders, who alleged that TMC was indulging in politics of "hate and violence" and that an "Emergency-like situation' prevailed in the state.
On Monday, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma denounced the West Bengal government for the arrest of the BJP activist and said that such politics is neither good for the country nor the state.
On Sunday, BJP leader and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met with Sharma's family members and said that the current situation in the state is reminiscent of 'Emergency'. (ANI)

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