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Javadekar accuses Mamata of dividing people on communal lines

Abhishek Law Kolkata | Updated on January 11, 2018

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar today took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and accused her of dividing people on communal lines. The real cause of worry for, Javadekar said, was the growing in-roads that BJP was making in Bengal and the increase in its members here.

“Her (Banerjee’s) desperation and frustration was palpable. She has only one agenda – to speak against BJP and Modi. People are with us. Even in Bengal, a growing number of people are coming and speaking to BJP. So that is the real cause of worry,” he said on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

According to Javadekar, instead of bringing development to Bengal, Banerjee and her brand of politics was creating communal strife. Trinamool, just like the Left Front, was concentrating on “distributing poverty” and not in development of the State. “It is a worrisome feature of her politics, especially the last few months. She is dividing society, dividing communities. It is unacceptable. In democracy, communal harmony is the essence and that is getting disturbed,” the Union Minister alleged.

“The Communists and Mamata's rule is no different because both are not really trying to develop the state. They are distributing poverty only, not prosperity,” he further added.

Mamata day dreaming

Incidentally, the BJP has emerged as a rising force in BJP politics with even the State chief minister singling out the saffron party as her prime opposition for the coming days.

At the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally – the biggest annual political event organised by Trinamool Congress in Kolkata since its inception, Banerjee had spent majority of her speech lambasting BJP and calling for the ouster of the saffron brigade from power at the Centre.

Reacting to the “BJP Bharat Choro” call (BJP Quit India), Javadekar called Banerjee’s campaign the Narendra Modi government “a daydream”. He pointed out that a “non-existent unity” was no match for the people’s support that the Government enjoyed.

“It is a democratic country and every one can take part in any movement. Everybody can daydream. But that (ousting Modi) is not going to happen. A non-existent unity can't give us a challenge. Modi is connected to the poor, all sections of society. We are getting stronger by the day,” the Union Minister said.

Published on July 22, 2017

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