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Out on campaign, Mamata reminds Bengal’s youth about UP’s anti-Romeo squads

The anti-Romeo squads in UP have triggered controversy by harassing couples, prompting chief minister Yogi Adityanath to urge the people not to harass couples.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 17, 2019 07:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Kolkata
Mamata Banerjee,West Bengal,Public display of affection
Mamata Banerjee raised the topic to lash out at her principal opponent BJP.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Young couples in West Bengal had an unexpected word of encouragement from chief minister Mamata Banerjee, while she was carrying out an attack on BJP on Thursday, the final day of campaigning in the state.

The 65-year-old Trinamool Congress chief raised the topic to lash out at her principal opponent BJP. “In Uttar Pradesh, a young boy and girl, who might be moving around together, or having an affair, are harassed, and, at times, even put behind the bars. Why should this happen?” remarked the chief minister, describing the BJP government as “dangerous.”

“They have every right to move around together. I am liberal on this issue. They also fail to understand that a boy and girl can also be just good friends,” she remarked while addressing a public rally in Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district.

Public display of affection in parks and squares of Kolkata is quite common.

The chief minister even mentioned how she encouraged her family members in this regard. “When my (younger) brother was having an affair I encouraged him. I told him that he should tie the knot (with the women he loved),” she said. Mamata also said her nephew Abhishek Banerjee had an “affair with a Punjabi woman” when he was studying in Delhi.

The anti-Romeo squads in UP have triggered controversy by harassing couples, prompting chief minister Yogi Adityanath to urge the people not to harass couples.

First Published: May 16, 2019 18:18 IST

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