Bengal will defend Hindustan (India) and will not allow it to become Pakistan or Taliban, West Bengal CM said Mamata Banerjee Ahead of the Bhawanipur by-election, he said everyone would live in unity as it was the land of poet-award winner Rabindranath Tagore and the national poet Nazrul Islam of neighboring Bangladesh.
The Chief Minister was interacting on Thursday with the non-Bengali community of Bhabnipur, which constitutes 40 per cent of the population of the area. He said, “Bengal will defend India, and will not allow it to become Pakistan or Taliban because it was the land of Rabindranath and Nazrul, so we will all be together.”
Though Bhabnipur is Mamata’s home ground, the BJP is trying to woo the non-Bengali community to prove that it has a major share in the vote bank here.
The BJP has repeatedly criticized the chief minister citing his “appeasement policy”. However, political pundits say that the way Mamta presented the idea of unity and diversity in Bhabnipur, it can help in changing that image.
He referred to BJP’s “Pakistan campaign” in Nandigram ahead of the assembly elections and said that they are trying the same in Bhawanipur but unity of people is the essence of Bhabanipur.
She started the conversation by saying that she is feeling very excited that she is getting a chance to contest from Bhabnipur. “In Bhabnipur, there are many communities. We may have different religions, but we are all the same.”
A party insider said Banerjee’s main focus was to answer questions about herself. She said, “I have gone to the mosque; I have also been to Gurudwara and temple. I also visit Jain Temple and Park Street during Christmas.
Trinamool Congress leader Shobhondev Chatterjee, who resigned from the Bhawanipore assembly seat to contest the bypoll to Banerjee, said, “She wanted to maintain unity, so she said she would not let it become Pakistan or the Taliban.”
However, the BJP termed it an ‘election stunt’. He said, ‘BJP should be thanked that she is going to the temple now. His opponent and BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal said that he should go and tell this thing about Pakistan to his minister Firhad Hakim, who talks of ‘mini Pakistan’.