Beware of ‘divisive forces’ threatening to disrupt peace: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee said those who divide people on religious lines would one day divide families and neighbourhoods as well.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:October 25, 2016 1:29 pm
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Firing fresh salvos at ‘divisive forces’ Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked the people of Bengal to stay away from provocations which might lead to communal disruptions. “Some people will always want to create trouble. They know only destruction and death instead of creation. People should be extra careful during Kali Puja and Diwali this week,” she said while flagging off 50 new fire-tenders equipped with the latest technology near Nabanna, the state secretariat.

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The chief minister said those who divide people on religious lines would one day divide families and neighbourhoods as well.

Without naming anyone, the Trinamool supremo said a conspiracy is being hatched by those who did not want the state to feel proud in the international market.

“There is no place for any communal division here in Bengal, which is an example of unity in diversity to the world. The administration will always be with the people here,” she added.

In the recent past, the chief minister had, while talking to senior party members, expressed her concern regarding the emerging communal forces in the state, which she thought were aimed at disturbing the harmony of Bengal.

In a Cabinet meeting later during the day, she had alerted her ministers against all forces which were a potential danger to communal harmony during Kali Puja and Diwali.

“We have been asked to keep tabs on our respective constituencies during Kali Puja, Chhat Puja and Jagadhatri Puja. We were told of the communal clashes during Durga Puja and Muharram, and have been asked to be cautious so that such incidents are not repeated. The administration will be on an extra-careful vigil to avoid any untoward incidents,” said a senior Cabinet member.

He also said that they had been instructed to ensure that no one took law in their hands, and that the police and administration were immediately informed of any potential law and order situation.