West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee recited from Hindu scriptures (chandipath) at a celebration employees’ assembly in Nandigram from the place she will probably be contesting the upcoming meeting polls whereas mounting an assault on the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering for its alleged communal politics.
“Those that are taking part in the Hindu-Muslim card, I want to inform them clearly that I’m additionally a lady from a Hindu household. Don’t play the Hindu card with me,” mentioned Banerjee.
This was the primary time the TMC chief visited Nandigram, after formally asserting on Friday that she can be contesting the polls from Nandigram in East Midnapore district.
“Each day earlier than popping out of the home I recite from the scriptures (Chandipath). Let me recite some. Inform them to compete with me on Hindu faith,” Banerjee mentioned earlier than reciting from the scriptures (Chandipath) for practically three minutes at a stretch.
Chandipath is the recitation of 700 highly effective slokas of ‘Durga Saptashati’ from Markandeya Purana, written as an ode to Goddess Durga.
With Nandigram having a big minority inhabitants, Banerjee additionally warned the BJP to not play alleged communal politics.
“Some folks will attempt to divide the home into 70 and 30. However you inform them that it isn’t 70 and 30. We’re 100. There can’t be any divide between the folks,” she mentioned.
Whereas East Midnapore, the district the place Nandigram is situated, has solely 14.6% Muslim inhabitants, Nandigram has a bigger share of Muslims. The 2011 census provides a religion-wise breakup of inhabitants on the degree of blocks and census cities. Information for Purba Medinipur has non secular composition of inhabitants for blocks of Nandigram-I, Nandigram-II and the census city of Nandigram. Muslims had a inhabitants share of 34%, 12.1% and 40.3%, respectively in these census models.
Quickly after Banerjee introduced that she can be contesting the polls from Nandigram, the BJP tried to model her as an outsider.
On Tuesday, nonetheless, Banerjee hit again saying: “Some individuals are saying that I’m an outsider. How can I be an outsider when I’m from Bengal? And folks coming from Delhi aren’t outsiders? Goons coming from Rajasthan aren’t outsiders? If I’m an outsider I shouldn’t have been the chief minister.”
The TMC had a number of weeks in the past launched its most important poll-campaign slogan ‘Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chaye’ (Bengal needs its personal daughter). On Tuesday, the chief minister sharpened her ballot marketing campaign saying that she was the daughter of Nandigram.
“I can overlook my title however I’ll always remember Nandigram. The get together employees are belongings. If you happen to don’t need me to contest inform me right this moment. Tomorrow I gained’t submit my resignation. I’ll submit my nomination provided that you inform me that I’m a lady of your own home,” she added.
After a number of days of house-hunting, the TMC has zeroed in on two homes the place Banerjee may keep over the subsequent one month and contest the polls. Nandigram goes to polls on April 1 within the second part.
The BJP hit again saying that the chief minister was repeatedly insulting Bengal and the folks of Bengal wouldn’t need anybody who insults Bengal.
“Earlier she had disrespected Lord Ram on a number of events. She had wrongly chanted the Saraswati mantra. She has once more recited hymns wrongly in public. That is how she is insulting the tradition of Bengal repeatedly. Bengal would not forgive anybody who insults it,” tweeted Suvendu Adhikari, BJP chief and Banerjee’s protégé-turned adversary.