Conspiracy was hatched to stop me from going to Chicago': Mamata

11 Sep 2018

Taking a dig at the Sangh Parivar and the BJP but without naming them Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that it was because of some `sinister design' that she could not visit Chicago in August and that she was greatly pained at that. Mamata made this comment during her speech at a function held at Belur Math to mark 125th year of Swami Vivekananda's speech at the Parliament of Religion held at Chicago in USA.
``I felt bad. People behind this conspiracy please think Hindu religion is not imported. I have all the records who did it. I know Belur was also threatened, I know this and I also know that you people can't say this/'' Mamata said at the programme.
The Vivekananda Vedanta Society based at Chicago organised a special programme on August 26 to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the Parliament of World’s Religions. In June the Ramakrishna Mission had invited Mamata as the chief guest for the event.
However president of the Society Swami Ishatmananda wrote a letter on June 11 to the chief minister and cited some “unforeseen difficulties” and “the sudden demise of a monk of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math,” as the reasons for cancelling the event. 
Mamata who said that tolerance was the essence of Hinduism also asserted that nobody could dictate to people what they should eat or how they would spend their lives. ``There is no room for fanaticism in Hinduism...tolerance and humanism are the basic tenets of this religion...And you can not trample people just because you are the ruler, if you want to become the leader you should dedicate yourself to humanity,'' the chief minister said. (EOIC)