Don’t know if Dalits, Muslims can survive with dignity: Mamata Banerjee at Martyr’s Day rally

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 21, 2017 3:00 pm
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Centre on Friday saying the government is not allowing state governments to work. While addressing the Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata commemorating 1993 Kolkata firing, Mamata also said: “Even Hindus cant survive the fake Hinduism. Don’t know if Dalits, Muslims can survive with dignity,” she was quoted as saying by NDTV while criticising the Narendra Modi-led government.

Her party Trinamool Congress has been at constant loggerheads with the NDA government over various issues like the Saradha scam and Gorkhaland protests. While addressing Friday’s rally, Mamata said she “doesn’t need character certificate from Centre.”

“Trinamool Congress gives a nationwide call today… Starting August 9 to August 30 this year will be BJP Bharat Chhoro movement,” she said to the crowd. “Emergency-like situation will be held, not sure if rights will be upheld,” she was quoted as saying by NDTV. The TMC chief has been a constant critic of PM Modi government on issues ranging from mob lynching to freedom of speech and expression.

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. The rally is likely to be a platform for TMC leaders to sound the poll bugle ahead of the 2018 panchayat elections in the state.

TMC has set up camps in the Milan Mela ground to accommodate supporters. “Today, I came to visit our workers who have come from across the state. After witnessing their enthusiasm, I am confident that the turnout of tomorrow’s rally will break all previous July 21 records. It is a surprise that despite relentless smear campaign against our party chief Mamata Banerjee by Opposition parties, there has been no dearth of support for her. People of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee and are for development,” Party MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Thursday.

Multiple rallies will be taken from different parts of Kolkata, which will converge in Esplanade. Processions will be taken out from Howrah and Sealdah stations, S P Mukherjee Road, C R Avenue, Beliaghata and Diamond Harbour Road among others. Roadside camps have been set up with food and directions to the venue.

Party workers have been urged not to give in to provocations. “The ruling party at the Centre is indulging in provocation to create unrest in the state. Do not respond to such provocations,” Trinamool general secretary Subrata Bakshi said.

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    sunil kumar
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm
    Mamata Banerjee's acting as a Muslim woman during the Muslim religious rituals is a dangerous recipe for the Hindus. Vulnerable Hindu girls have been attacked and have been converted to Islam. Hinduism is in danger in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee. Indians of other states must understand this and protest against Mamata Banerjee.
    1. P
      Jul 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm
      Ha Ha, surely TMC will not survive with dignity. Otherwise Muslims and Dalits are not only surviving but thriving.
      1. S
        Jul 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm
        what does she have to say about lynching to Mr. Ghosh recently by Muslim mobs?
        1. P
          Jul 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm
          Can you shout for hindus rights and dignity in pakistan instad of barking in WB. If you can not do that shut your
          1. P
            Jul 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm
            If you want muslims go and embrace muslim men pakistan and get same power for hindus in pakistan other wise shut your .
            1. I
              Jul 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm
              Beech mamtha begum, your jihad won't last long. Your are trying to establish khali fat in India like baghdadi.
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                Amit Thackrey
                Jul 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                As long as India exists in it current form Dalits and Muslims will not get dignity. India must therefore be split equally among Hindus, Dalits and Muslims. Else all Dalits must learn to live with shame as Castes will never be eradicated in India.
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                  Pulak Sinha
                  Jul 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                  Yes casteism in HINDU religion is the biggest drawback . We need to correct this thing. Change are happening , Dalits leaders are emerging and getting chance to serve the people. But we need to do more. But problem area is the MUSLIMS, the rising fundamentalism among them is creating security threat to INDIA. Their ever increasing population is creating demographic changes , and we all know what happens when MUSLIMS population reaches a sizeable numbers. It seems violence is ingrained in ISLAM and it needs reform then only it will bring peace.
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                  PARKASH CHANDRA
                  Jul 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm
                  WEST BENGAL: Prevailing conditions in West Bengal are precarious. Understand from West Bengal friends precious is not being done in any sphere only slogans / speeches manufactured to keep newspapers busy with news. Mamta is surviving due to 25 Muslims population. Unemployment has assumed alarming situation. Labour wait under Big Bridges for Clients to hire them for work at homes. Communist Party(M) had been in Government saddle for 35 years could not uplift to provide two times proper meal except sloganeering. It is time Mamta do magic to uplift millions poor in West Bengal for sigh of relief in future. Without Prejudice.
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