West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee once again castigated the ruling party at the centre for its policy of adopting divisive and communal politics. The party is dividing people in the name of religion, she said and added it is a great danger for the unity and integrity of the country. On October 10, she was speaking to press persons after inaugurating Kali Puja in different temples. Indian tradition is based on unity in diversity and any attempt to create differences on the basis of religion, caste and creed should be vehemently condemned.
The Chief Minister said religion is a personal matter and no one can interfere in the religious matters of others. This a basic principle of secular state to give religious freedom and Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion and faith. She said the BJP was following this dangerous policy for political gain. The BJP is not gaining ground in West Bengal and that is why it is trying to create communal divide and hatred. Its efforts will be frustrated by the people, she expressed her confidence. The ruling party is more responsible to strengthen unity and amity among the people but the BJP is deviating from this path. She asked people not to be trapped by the communal forces. Speaking about an episode, she said some objectionable material was thrown in a temple. One of the culprits who was caught red-handed admitted that he was the member of the BJP. While the people and the government are trying to maintain peace, the BJP is making efforts to disturb tranquility, she added.