In Bengal, red & saffron clash imminent: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjeehttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/in-bengal-red-saffron-clash-imminent-buddhadeb-bhattacharjee/

In Bengal, red & saffron clash imminent: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

He was speaking at 49th foundation day celebration of Ganashakti — the party’s daily newspaper.

Former chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee during the 49th foundation day celebration of CPM’s daily newspaper ‘Ganashakti’, in Kolkata.(Source: Express Photo By Subham Dutta)
Former chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee during the 49th foundation day celebration of CPM’s daily newspaper ‘Ganashakti’, in Kolkata.(Source: Express Photo By Subham Dutta)

The CPM politburo member and former West Bengal chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, on Saturday said a clash between the saffron and the red is imminent in the state.

Bhattacharjee, who was speaking at the 49th foundation day celebration of Ganashakti — the party’s daily newspaper — said it is evident the ruling Trinamool Congress government in the state will not last for long.

“So, naturally, the question arises: who is next? Now, there is talk of saffron taking the space of red, but how can the saffron flag bearing Hanumans be a match for the red in Bengal? This is the land of Rammohan, of Vidyasagar. The red in Bengal has a history.

Where was the saffron during land movements and workers’ movements?” asked the leader. He went on to add that a “sangharsh” between these two is “imminent” and that “we will see who wins”.

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“There won’t be any magic in West Bengal. We are waiting for that moment when we come face-to-face with the Hanuman flag bearers,” said Bhattacharjee. He added that Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a towering personality but even he could not plant a (saffron) “vish vriksha” (poison tree) in Bengal.

The former CM also took upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him “an agent of the capitalist world”. “Modi represents the few rich in the country and the emerging middle-class who is chasing money to be rich. He does not represent crores of poor people for whom food, shelter and children’s education are all still a crisis.”

“A clash between these two segments is inevitable and we are waiting to see the day when Modi is out on the street with a broom to sweep it all,” Bhattacharjee said, adding “we will never bow our heads to the party of Nathuram Godse.”

He also attacked the Trinamool Congress, saying it has let loose a reign of terror and lawlessness. “Today, no one in Bengal feels secured. Add to this the deepening atmosphere of gloom — no jobs, no industry, no development. The Saradha scam has engulfed so many of their leaders. This party has lost all moral rights to rule the state.”

Earlier, CPM’s state secretary Biman Bose said the invitation extended to US President Barack Obama to attend the Republic Day celebrations is a “shame”.