BJP on Monday accused Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal – led by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, of resorting to minority appeasement politics and preventing Hindus from observing their festivals like Ram Navami.
BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya made the charges ahead of party president Amit Shah’s three-day visit to the State from Tuesday. Ms. Banerjee left for North Bengal a day before Mr. Shah’s arrival. “The TMC government is pursuing the politics of minority appeasement.”
“In West Bengal, you can take out a rally on Muharram, but rallies on Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti are not permitted. These rallies [to mark Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti] are taken out all across the country; but, people in West Bengal have to face baton charge and are arrested for organising such events. This is like the rule of Nadir Shah,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said.
The party said that it would oust the TMC government through people’s movement if it continued its minority appeasement policies.
“We will remove the TMC government if it did not stop its appeasement policy through people’s movement. The people in the state are disenchanted with the TMC government. Corruption is rampant everywhere,” Vijayvargiya warned, saying “the common Muslims in Bengal are our brothers. We have no enmity with them. The BJP is not an anti-Muslim party.”
Participating in a BJP procession to protest alleged atrocities on Hindus by the police in West Bengal, Vijayvargiya said the TMC government should treat everyone equally.
“If Muslims are allowed to observe Eid, Muharram, Hindus should also be allowed to celebrate their festivals. Police should not resort to lathi charge on Ram Navami processions,” he added.
Touching upon the recent violence at Birbhum which left eight persons dead, he said that since the Trinamool Congress came to power for the second term in 2016, 20 of its supporters had died in violence unleashed by their own party men. “Under the rule of Ms. Banerjee, there has been criminalization of politics and politicization of bureaucracy,” he said.
Vijayvargiya claimed that many TMC, Congress and CPI(M) leaders in Bengal wanted to join the BJP but “we will not take those who are involved in Narada and Saradha chit fund scams”.
State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “In Bengal, it has become a sin to raise slogans like Jai Sri Ram. We have taken to the streets to protect the rights of the people.”
Commenting on Vijayvargiya’s statement, Senior TMC leader and minister Subrata Mukherjee said, “First, they have to know the state well, then they should talk of removing the TMC. It is a matter of shame that the BJP has brought communalism in the state”.
Referring to brandishing of swords at Ram Navami processions by affiliates of the RSS, Mamata had said on April 12, “Some locals popped up suddenly asking people to play with swords. That’s not Bengal’s culture,” she said, adding, “Let them learn Bengal’s culture first, then comment about the state”. “There is no need to give importance to them,” she had stated.