Mamata warns against monster of communalism

Report by: 
Durgadas Bandopadhyay
Jalpaiguri
28 Mar 2017

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today warned people against the monster of communalism rearing its head in the state saying her government would ruthlessly deal with people indulging in creating disharmony among people. Mamata said this while addressing a rally at the Jalpaiguri Sports Complex this afternoon.  Earlier in a tweet Mamata expressed her concerns about the happenings in Uttar Pradesh where meat sellers are allegedly being attacked by members of the Sangh Parivar. ``We are concerned about recent happenings in UP. People are afraid and many are scared about differences over caste, creed & religion. We are all one. 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' sirf bolna nahi hain, karna hain. We have to do it, to make it meaningful. A govt has to be for all. We need to safeguard our Constitution and allow it to guide us,'' the chief minister said in the message. Later at the rally Mamata asked people not to fall prey to  communal instigation. "West Bengal is a place for everybody from every religion. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, tribals, Hindi-speaking and Urdu-speaking people.. I participate in Roza and many may term this act of mine sacrilegious, but . I do not care. I do not have faith in a religion which does not endorse love among people. I have faith in that religion which teaches people to love each other," the chief minister told the gathering. Not naming the BJP or the RSS, Mamata said that she did not "do politics of vandalism". "I perform Durga Puja. .If somebody asks me not to go to Gurudwara I will not do so. And I will not listen to anybody asking me not to go to a church... I will instead go there thousand times. We are proud to have taken birth in this soil of Bengal... It's a tough soil where there is no place for miscreants...Renaissance started here. Remember there should not be any division among ourselves. Always remember that Bengal will not be scared of threat," Mamata,  who is on a five-day tour of north Bengal, said. Earlier at an administrative meeting during the day Mamata expressed concern over alleged child trafficking rackets running in Jalpaiguri district and elsewhere  and said that each and every shelter for children in the state must be brought under the scanner.A district child protection officer and a child welfare committee member were arrested earlier this month for alleged involvement in the Jalpaiguri racket in which a BJP leader was also arrested along with three others. The case is being investigated by the state's Criminal Investigation Department.At today's meeting, the chief minister directed senior administrative officials to keep a strict vigil on homes from where babies are sold to customers throughquestionable adoption deals In the meeting she announced construction of four new overbridges toimprove connectivity to a under-construction tourist facility at Gajoldoba. The four overbridges will be located at Udlabari, Lataguri, Mainaguri and Jalpaiguri. The Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital would be upgraded to a medical collegeand the number of beds would be increased to 1,200 from existing 550,she also announced. She also directed authorities of private hospitals and nursinghomes in the district to be more "sensitive and humane" while dealing with patients.