Prakash Javadekar’s remarks came after Banerjee yesterday called for the ouster of the BJP from the country for “failure on all fronts” and announced an ‘Oust BJP from India’ programme from August 9.
Commenting on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ‘oust the BJP’ call at a public rally on Friday, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the saffron party came to power at the Centre and 18 states through a democratic process.
Mamata Banerjee announced ‘BJP Bharat Charo’ programme in Bengal which will be held from August 9 to August 30, where workers would take out rallies and hold public meetings highlighting the BJP government’s failure throughout Bengal.
The annual Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata has been a show of strength for several years now. In the past, Mamata has used the occasion to send out messages to the party rank and file.
Prasad was apparently referring to the deployment of army and central forces in the north Bengal hills, which have been singed by violence for over a month now over the renewed demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
“I have asked TMC MPs to look into the matter. While I don’t know the exact details, the way in which people from Bengal are being treated by the BJP administration in UP is unfortunate and against Indian ethos,” Mamata Banerjee said
“This is a vote for resistance. We will continue to speak for the people. There are some parties which still support the BJP,’’ Mamata Banerjee said
“Trinamool will continue to be vocal about Kashmir, the attack on Amarnath yatris, (making mandatory) Aadhaar card, violence in the name of cow protection, and systemic efforts to break the country’s federal structure,” Mamata Banerjee said
“Relations with neighbouring countries like China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh have deteriorated because of the central government’s diplomatic failure,” she said amid the continued stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Sikkim section.
Zeroing in on one a post by Rakesh Sinha, in which he shared a picture of his mother offering prayers at a Hindu temple, one Manoj Kumar Singh filed an FIR against him alleging the post to be “provocative” which could aggravate communal violence in West Bengal, which is already reeling under tension.
“Demonetisation and GST (are the) biggest scams. We will not bow down our head, we will be happy to go to jail,” said Mamta Banerjee. She also said that her party is going to play an aggressive role in the ongoing monsoon session of the parliament.
Almost all of these incidents had two specific triggers — a derogatory post on social media and secondly, attacks or challenges on religious processions.
Mamata sees in Muslims a solid 27 pc vote bank that can keep her in power. BJP sees in Hindus an ‘ignored group’ that can be its springboard. As Basirhat joins a string of communal clashes in West Bengal, The Indian Express looks at the underlying politics.
“We have gathered here to raise awareness about what is happening in West Bengal and also assure people of the state that, if needed, the patriots of the country will go to Bengal too and stand by them,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters.
Condemning Central Board of Film Certification’s censorship on the documentary made on Amartya Sen, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tweeted, “If somebody of his stature cannot express himself freely, what hope does the common citizen have.”