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BJP state chief to highlight plight of Bengal Hindus in the US

kolkata Updated: Aug 25, 2016 10:38 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya
Ravik Bhattacharya
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Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh will go on a seven-day US trip on September 7. (HT Photo)

In a first programme of its kind, Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh will go on a seven-day trip to New York, Boston, New Jersey and Chicago where he will highlight the plight of the Hindus in Bengal and how they are on the backfoot due to the continuous infiltration from Bangladesh and the political backing of the minorities by a section of the political class.

Other speakers in the programme include Subramanian Swamy and Hukum Singh, the BJP MP from Kairana, UP who initiated the campaign that Hindus were forced to flee the area recently.

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This is the first time that a leader from Bengal is invited to speak to the Hindu congregation in the US. The string of programmes is organised by US-based Hindu groups including Overseas Friends of BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad America, Indian-American Intellectual Forum and others.

The invite which has been circulated in the US. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy and BJP Lok Sabha MP from Kairana (who highlighted Hindu exodus in UP) Hukum Singh will be a part of the team travelling to the US for the events. (HT Photo)

Many of the organisers including Overseas Friends of BJP was also behind the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US trip in September 24 last year.

“I will highlight the helpless plight of Hindus in West Bengal. On one hand, we have the rise of Muslim fundamentalism along with terror organizations like Jamaat (Jamaat ul Mujahidin Bangladesh), and on the other, certain political sections are backing fundamentalists in Bengal. The situation in Bangladesh has cast its impact in this part of the country. The infiltration issue will also be highlighted,” Ghosh told HT.

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“I will highlight Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Jio and jiney do’. Hinduism is the only way of life that takes everyone together. I will speak for ‘Bhartiyata’,” added Ghosh.

The invitation extended to Ghosh is a clear indication of the importance the saffron camp attaches to Bengal, a state where BJP desperately wants to secure a foothold.

Invitation for the New York event which is being circulated in the US. The big names of the Hindu community in the US will be present at the programme, which is a fundraiser. (HT Photo)

Ghosh, regarded as a hardliner, who was a former pracharak of RSS Ghosh will be speaking in two of the largest largest congregations of affluent Hindus settled in US at New Jersey and also at a niche programme in New York in the presence of stalwarts on Hindu community in America. The New York programme is also a fundraising activity.

“I am looking forward to the US tour where I shall not only visit temples and meet various members of the Hindu community, but also speak at gatherings in different cities,” Dilip Ghosh told HT.

Some of the organisations who are hosting the series of events were instrumental in making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the US last September a success. (Twitter/@PMOIndia)

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The BJP Bengal president will reach New York on September 8. He will visit a number of Hindu temples run by Indians and Bangladeshis. On September 10 he will speak at TV Asia USA auditorium in New Jersey. On September 11 he will speak at Hillside Banquat, Rajdhani Restaurant in New York where leaders of the Hindu community (Indian Americans) will be present.

According to saffron camp in Bengal, the invitation indicates that overseas Hindu organisations are concerned with the recent incidents in West Bengal and neighboring Bangladesh. One of the concerns was the blast at Kahgragarh (Burdwan) that blew the lid off a flourishing JMB network in the state. The subsequent terror attacks in Bangladesh, infiltration of IS elements in Bangladesh society, arrest of IS suspects in Bengal and continuous infiltration across the border has generated interest among the influential Hindu community abroad.