BJP trying to gain poll advantage by using religion, alleges Mamata Banerjee
Siliguri: West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit out at BJP for trying to gain political advantage by using religion as a tool to mislead people. She hit out at armed Ram Navami rallies taken out at BJP at various part of the state and accused BJP of trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of Bengal. “The BJP is misleading the people in the name of religion. Ahead of elections they are using it as a tool to divide the masses in Bengal. The culture of Bengal never supports the politics of violence. They are taking out rallies with swords and mace,” Banerjee said at an election rally in Darjeeling for TMC candidate Amar Singh Rai.
“Whose throat do you want to slit with swords? Whose head do you want to smash with the mace?” Banerjee questioned at a rally in favour of party’s Darjeeling LS candidate Amar Singh Rai. She reiterated she will not allow NRC in West Bengal. “They (BJP) say they will conduct NRC in Bengal. But I assure you I will not allow it in my state,” she added. Banerjee took a jibe at the BJP, saying she has fielded a bhumiputra (son of the soil) in Darjeeling, unlike the BJP, who has nominated a candidate who hails from Manipur. “It’s sad the BJP could not find a candidate in Darjeeling, had to bring someone from Manipur to fight the election,” she added.