Mahajati Sadan booking cancelled, Mohan Bhagwat to now speak at Science City on Oct 3

The BJP and the RSS have accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “autocratic” and “undemocratic” rule. Netaji Indoor Stadium authorities, however, had cited that the venue was unavailable till Durga Puja.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 9:34 am
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Days after the state government refused permission to an October 3 event at Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata, which was to be addressed by Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief will speak at an auditorium of the Centre-run Science City the same day. While Mahajati Sadan could accommodate 1,400 people, the Science City auditorium has a capacity for 2,232.

Earlier, the Bengal government had denied permission to the BJP to hold an event at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, where national party president Amit Shah was scheduled to speak — either on September 10 or 12. It had also cancelled the October 3 booking for an event organised by the Sister Nivedita Mission Trust, where along with Bhagwat, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was invited. The cancellations had triggered controversy, with BJP and RSS attacking the Mamata government for its “autocratic” and “undemocratic” rule. However, while Netaji Indoor Stadium had cited it is unavailable till Durga Puja, officials at Mahajati Sadan had maintained that the auditorium will undergo maintenance work from September 26 to October 6.

The RSS confirmed that the Bhagwat event will now take place at Science City in Kolkata — run by Union Ministry of Culture’s National Council of Science Museums. Jishnu Basu, RSS karyavaha (secretary) for south Bengal, said: “The hall has been booked and this in fact is better than the earlier venue. He (Bhagwat) will arrive in Kolkata on October 3 and speak at the venue.”

However, sources in the RSS said booking of this venue also saw its fair share of problems. Though the alternate venue was suggested almost immediately after the news of Mahajati Sadan cancellation came in, initially, “the organisation had booked the smaller auditorium” at Science City. The Science City has two auditoriums — a “mini auditorium” with a capacity of 392 and a “grand theatre” that can accommodate 2,232 people. “It was decided that the smaller venue wouldn’t be in keeping with the stature of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and would serve to only underline the kind of destructive, anti-democratic politics that the Trinamool Congress was playing,” a source said. Later, the grand theatre at Science City was booked.

Meanwhile, a government official said: “There was some concern about Bhagwat’s presence in Bengal during the communally sensitive period between September 30 and October 1, when Bijoya Dashami and Muharram are falling… We have received information that certain Hindu outfits have planned processions with arms on Dashami.”

In January, Kolkata Police had denied permission for Bhagwat’s rally but the Calcutta HC had overruled its decision. In November 2014, police had denied BJP permission to hold Shah’s public meeting in Esplanade. Later, the BJP had moved HC and obtained permission to organise the rally.

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    Raj
    Sep 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    RSS is nothing but POISON. Deteriorating the harmony and dividing HIndus Vs Muslims. RSS will bite the dust soon.
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      Gopalacharya Ramadas
      Sep 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm
      Mr. Raj. Nobody can match MODIJI. Xi jinping surrendered before MODIJI. 6 crores toilets constructed for the poorest of the poor. 450000 govt schools provided toilets separate for girls. 5crore people got gas connection free. By 2022 MODIJI will provide roof to all poor people
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      Ravanan
      Sep 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm
      See for yourselves how many bonkered bhakts got more bonkered and expressing stupidly their frustration as losers even celebrating that at least the BUGGER BAGAWAT got a platform to speak, at least!
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        sridhar rao
        Sep 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
        We get annoyed not be cause of Muslims but jihadis pigs like you
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          Subspan Raman
          Sep 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm
          Your comment shows what a disgraceful upbringing you had. When you have nothing useful to say you insult others. Sign of a loser.
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          Devendra Shishodiya
          Sep 16, 2017 at 9:44 am
          These muslims have lived here since centuries but now they feel insecure. This media propaganda is just working good for Hindus who think Muslims should have sent to Pak in 1947 as par ion was based on religion. So Hindus now realise that all Muslims must go to Pak else one day Hindus will loose Bharat. Hindus feel that politicians, world community, Islamic Nations are unjust and unfair to Hindus on all issues of their concerns, Hindus need to learn from Muslims that even if you are terrorist, trairor you need to be united. Hindus are slowly uniting.
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            Soma mitra
            Sep 16, 2017 at 8:22 am
            Great work didi . When both communities of Bengal had cooperated in celebrating their festivals on different dates .especially Hindus who came forward to say that we will celebrate it on other day how could RSS expect them to hold an event on the same date . ... Didi is a leader with guts who give priority to peace and harmony of the people ..
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              RAKESH KUMAR
              Sep 16, 2017 at 10:29 am
              Why only Hindus. Let Muslims shift their dates of moharram and let muslim bhakta convince Muslims to do so.
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                Soma mitra
                Sep 16, 2017 at 11:56 am
                It's Hindus who said they will celebrate it after Muharram .after all they are happy with it .but it's some communal organisation like RSS are trying to catch fish from the mud by inflating this issue. .lol .buts it's not gonna happen
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                Ramanujan
                Sep 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                You seem to be leaving in fools paradise. Do you really believe Hindus have cooperated or was forced to compromise because of a CM whose appea t skills are legendary.. Bengal is tragically turning out to be failed state and Bengalis will suffer for generations to com.
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                  Gopalacharya Ramadas
                  Sep 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm
                  Mr. Mitra please be aware that Hindus are thrown out of Kashmir and bengladesh. Didi is the most corrupt politicians in the whole world along with joker Kejriwal
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                  Mathura
                  Sep 16, 2017 at 8:05 am
                  Mamta has shown the mirror to Bhakts of Ram Rahim.
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                    sridhar rao
                    Sep 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                    But bhakths of rahim like don't want to be accommodative want jihadis style living dominating the majority, courtesy the sickular commie intolerant pigs like you
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                      Subspan Raman
                      Sep 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                      M, did she look at herself in the mirror? Bengalis have been enslaved for so long that they love tyrants like Mamata and commies. Many are also pretentious intellectuals, not realising that they are mediocre people afraid of compe ion or challenges. So they keep voting for brutal parties which keep them poor and ignorant.
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                      ak dev
                      Sep 16, 2017 at 7:04 am
                      Mamata has lost her nerves. Her hatred for RSS will cost her dearly. There is awakening in West Bengal Hindus. She can't hold for long.
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                        Raj V
                        Sep 16, 2017 at 6:48 am
                        What else you expect from Didi? This is her style.
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                          Vnk
                          Sep 16, 2017 at 6:35 am
                          Mamta Banerjee behaving like RAVAN. She is of the Muslims and for the Muslims. Throw her out.
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                            George Cruz
                            Sep 16, 2017 at 6:11 am
                            The recent atrocities of terror/killing of peaceful Hindus by the worthless/illegal Bangladeshi Muslims should be a serious alarm bell for the corrupt/incompetent TMC leaders like Mamata Begum and anglo Derek O'Brien who have courted millions of illegal/worthless/illiterate Bangladeshi Muslims Junk into W.Bengal for self interests/vote bank politics but at the risk of India's security/integrity. It is imperative that the BJP/RSS make inroads into W.Bengal and take W.Bengal from the clutches of barbaric/illiterate Muslims Junk who commit terror/killing based on the Islamic ideologies Jihad/Sharia.
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