Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said “attempts” were being made to “incite communal violence” in the state on the day of Janmastami. She was speaking at an administrative meeting in South Dinajpur district. Without taking the name of any political party, she said that some parties were trying to create a divide between Hindus and Muslims and urged people not to fall in the communal trap.
“I have information that there are attempts being made to foment a communal situation in the state. If you find an idol with the clothes torn off, please bring clothes from your house and take the idol to your home. But do not indulge in communal violence. I will not tolerate any such instance of communal violence and I will not spare anybody involved in such incidents in the state,” she said. “The State government will come on strongly against those who indulge in riots,” added Mamata.
Ridiculing the BJP’s pre-election slogans, Mamata said, “There were slogans like acche din aayenge. But now I am seeing that bure din (bad days) have come.” Expressing her disappointment over the condition of the national highways, she said: “They claimed that good days will come but they are not even repairing the national highways.”
She added that her government and her party repeatedly wrote to the Centre for the repair of national highways. Her party would start a movement against the Centre if they do not take prompt action on the issue, she added. Mamata, who reached South Dinajpur by road after cancelling her plans to travel by train at the eleventh hour, said she was was upset with the condition of the highway. “Over the past three years, we have been demanding that the highways be repaired but no one is listening. If you are unable to repair it, they you should hand over the roads to us,”she said.
“If someone thinks that after coming to power in Bengal, I cannot organise protest then he or she is mistaken. I was on a hunger strike for 26 days to protest against forcible land acquisition. And my hunger strike was not like fasting for 24 hours and moving out. I did not touch water for 26 days for the rights of the farmers in Singur,” she said addressing a rally at Gangarampur in south Dinajpur.”They should not think that we are weak. We have 46 MPs at present. And we can raise our voice and spearhead a movement in the Parliament,” she added.