West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that all religions should maintain harmony and not threaten people with violence. ANI quoted West Bengal Chief Minister as saying, “All religions should get together to maintain peace and not take to sword to spread fear. I am ashamed to have been born on earth.” (Sab religions ko mil kar shanti banakar rakhna chahiye,na ki talwaar lekar darana.Sharam ki baat hai ki main iss dharti par paida hui.) Banerjee’s comment comes at a time of heightened tension between the BJP and the TMC in the state. There is an ongoing war of words between the BJP and Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the state with the former looking to establish itself in a state where its presence is negligible at the moment.
Recently, a BJP youth wing leader in Birbhum caused a major controversy to break out when he placed a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on Banerjee’s head, according to a report by the Indian Express.
West Bengal Chief Minister, on her part, accused the BJP of playing divisive politics and accused it of trying to ‘appropriate’ the festival and asked the saffron party to not mix religion with politics, according to a News18 report.
The Indian Express quoted state minister Bratya Basu slamming the BJP and RSS combine, saying, ”They are not only dividing people on religious grounds, but are also harassing secular forces for opposing BJP. They are stifling the voice of the Opposition. But they will not succeed, as the Opposition will give a fitting reply to the divisive politics”.