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BJP compares Bengal with J&K 20 years ago, showcases victims of recent riots in Bengal on stage

During the three-hour rally BJP leaders made it clear that they are going to play the Hindu card in Bengal at a time when communal clashes and tension are increasingly reported from various districts of the state.

kolkata Updated: Feb 15, 2017 23:39 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya
National General Secretary of BJP Kailash Vijayvargiya(2nd left) with party state President Dilip Ghosh(left) at Shahid Minar ground in Kolkata, India, on Monday.
National General Secretary of BJP Kailash Vijayvargiya(2nd left) with party state President Dilip Ghosh(left) at Shahid Minar ground in Kolkata, India, on Monday.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

The situation in West Bengal is similar to what Jammu and Kashmir was 20 years ago, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said in a public rally in Kolkata on Monday, while state president Dilip Ghosh alleged there was a conspiracy to turn the state into ‘Greater Bangladesh’.

During the three-hour rally BJP leaders made it clear that they are going to play the Hindu card in Bengal at a time when communal clashes and tension are increasingly reported from various districts of the state. The party organised a rally at Shahid Minar at the heart of the city that was attended by thousands.

The party put on the dais several Hindu victims of recent communal clashes in Bengal. Since October last year, nearly a dozen low-scale communal clashes were reported.

“Recently some former army personnel from Bengal met me. They said that the situation in West Bengal is just like J&K 20 years ago. Since the government failed to intervene in Kashmir, there are no Hindus left there. Bengal is facing a similar situation,” said Kailash Vijayvargiya addressing the rally.

“In Bengal, Hindus are driven out from areas bordering Bangladesh where infiltrators are capturing the area. Trinamool Congress is giving protection to such infiltrators. BJP will not allow this,” added Vijayvargiya.

The BJP national general secretary stressed that in some areas of the state Saraswati Puja is not being allowed and people had to move the court for permission to immerse Durga idol, while clerics issuing fatwas against Prime minister are being spared.

Maitreyi Mondol from Dhulagarh, Uluberia, Howrah district leads victim families as she speaks on stage at the BJP rally in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Just before the speech of Ghosh and Vijayvargiya, groups of women who were victims of recent communal tension in Dhulagarh, Howrah and Tehatta, Nadia narrated their plight amidst roar from the crowd.

“We were not allowed to observe Saraswati Puja in Tehatta high school which was a 65 years old tradition due to Muslim fundamentalists. When we protested, police lathicharged and arrested so many of us,” said Archana Majhi of Tehatta.

Maitreyi Mondol, a resident of Dhulagarh, also narrated their plight on December last year when their houses were burnt.

“There is a conspiracy to turn this state into West Bangladesh. Here the ruling party is also trying for ‘Islamisation’ of education. We will not tolerate this. Those who are day dreaming we will disturb their sleep,” said Dilip Ghosh.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),West Bengal organized a rally on recent communal tension across Bengal at Shahid Minar Grounds in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

BJP leaders also predicted that after the assembly polls in five states more Trinamool Congress leaders are expected may come under sharper focus of the CBI in connection with the Ponzi scam.

“After the polls more leaders will be behind bars. If Didimoni (Mamata Banerjee) tries to arrest out leaders in return, she must remember the fate of Jayalalitha (Tamil Nadu CM who was arrested on September 2014 in disproportionate assets case),” said Rahul Sinha , BJP national secretary.