Didi visits Jagannath Temple, calls for unity of regional parties
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today visited the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri and performed arati, where she was surrounded by a team of servitors. Mamata entered the shrine a day after one of the servitors of the temple had objected to her visit over her support for consumption of beef. However, today the West Bengal chief minister was offered a guided tour of the temple compound by the priests of the temple. However, embarrassment was waiting for her in the form of 'go back' slogan by local BJP workers.
Earlier today, Manata Banerjee said all regional parties must work together for better federalism even as she accused the BJP of indulging in "divisive" politics to defame Hindutva. "Our effort will be to ensure that all regional parties work together for better federalism in the country. They should be strong," Mamata, also the president of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) told reporters at Puri. Mamata, 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. "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, the West Bengal chief minister 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. Mamata claimed that Hinduism was not something practised by the BJP and dubbed the BJP members as "black spot" on Hinduism. She alleged that they divide people instead of taking everyone together.
"I'm a Hindu but not the one who defames religion. While the Hindu belief talks about the ideology of moving forward and taking everyone along, the saffron party is acting against the ideology and defaming Hindutva," she added. The TMC supremo today decided to field party candidates in the 2018 Odisha urban local bodies elections. TMC state president Arya Kumar Gyanendra said this after Banerjee met the party's state leaders in Puri.
"We have been instructed to create a field for the next urban polls and strongly oppose BJP everywhere in the state," Gyanendra told newspersons after the meeting Mamata.