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Tripura Governor reacts sharply as Ghulam Ali performs in Kolkata amid Malda violence

Tathagata Roy today targeted Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who is in Kolkata for a concert, saying no people on earth have suffered at Pakistan's hands as much as Bengali Hindus.

By: PTI | Agartala | Updated: January 12, 2016 8:43:38 pm

In remarks that could stoke another controversy involving him, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy today targeted Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who is in Kolkata for a concert, saying no people on earth have suffered at Pakistan’s hands as much as Bengali Hindus.

“Paki singer GhulamAli in Kolkata. No ppl on earth hv sufferd at Paki hands as mch as Bengali Hindus. Bengalis forget, said Haraprasad Shastri(a noted Bengali linguist),” Roy tweeted.

“On 12 February 1950 all trains crossing the Meghna Bridge at Ashugonj (now Bangladesh) wr stopped, all Hindus stabbed and thrown into river,” Roy said in another tweet.

Organized by the West Bengal Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, whose minister in-charge is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the singer performed at the inaugural function of a trade fair organized for small and medium enterprises.

Banerjee is also attending the concert at Netaji Indoor stadium.

The Kolkata concert is 75-year-old Ghulam Ali’s first show in India since the Shiv Sena forced the cancellation of his event in Mumbai in October last.

Roy was chief of the BJP’s West Bengal unit before occupying the gubernatorial post and has faced criticism for his controversial tweets in the past which allegedly had communal overtones.

Roy earlier sparked a controversy when he claimed that those who attended 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon’s funeral were “are potential terrorists” and that intelligence agencies should keep a tab on them.

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