Mamata Banerjee says BJP is defaming Hinduism and dividing people on religious identities


  • Mamata Banerjee says BJP is defaming Hinduism and dividing people on religious identities
    Mamata Banerjee says BJP is defaming Hinduism and dividing people on religious identities
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday re-elected as chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) for six years. Mamata Banerjee alleged that BJP is defaming Hinduism and riots cannot be religion. She accused the BJP of indulging in "divisive" politics to defame Hindutva. She said she is proud of all religions and her religion too. 
"Our effort will be to ensure that all regional parties work together for better federalism in the country.

They should be strong," Banerjee, also the president of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) told reporters at Puri. Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Odisha since last night, came down heavily on the BJP and accused it of indulging in divisive politics. The Chief Minister said Hinduism means tolerance but the saffron party is dividing people based on religious identities. She said, "We respect all religions but humanism is our biggest identity." 

"They (BJP) wanted to divide the nation in the name of religion, region and caste. They pit Hindus against Muslims, Christians against Hindus, Odias against Bengalis, Biharis against Bengalis, and so on ... This is not Hinduism," she alleged.  Claiming that she was a real Hindu who believes in taking everyone together, Banerjee said the BJP's attitude towards others was not acceptable. "According to them (BJP) the Odisha government is bad, the Bengal government is bad, the Bihar government is bad and all non-BJP state governments are bad. How are you good if you go on dubbing others bad," she said. On relations between Odisha and West Bengal, she said, "In my state, every person worships Lord Jagannath with reverence and visits Puri at least six times a year. For us, Kali Ghat, Dakhineswari Mandir or Jagannath Mandir, are all the same. In Digha or Puri, the beaches are equally captivating." 

Mamata urged all regional parties to come together for the sake of the nation while terming it as the need of the hour.



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