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Siddhartha Rai | Intoday Online | New Delhi | July 18, 2017:: After the decline of the Left in West Bengal, the state is fast becoming the site of a Right versus Mamata Banerjee flashpoint. While the RSS and VHP have upped the ante against the TMC regime, crying hoax over ‘Hindu persecution’, Banerjee has stuck to her guns and blamed the Right for rising instances of communal violence in the state.
While the VHP staged a protest outside Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata on July 1 against “persecution of Hindus and Buddhists” in the neighbouring country, the chief minister has appealed to the Centre to rein in fringe elements as such actions are destroying ‘diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh’.
While reports emerged of a certain letter that the CM allegedly wrote to Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj raising concerns over the actions of VHP and possible negative fallout for relations with the predominantly Muslim neighbour, the party denied any such move.
MAMATA BANERJEE IS ANTI-HINDU: VHP
Rather, it acceded that Banerjee had raised the matter at a press briefing and used the platform to ask the Centre to do something about the “fringe”. “She (Banerjee) has not written any formal letter to the Union government. But she did say at a media briefing that the Centre should see to it that such disruptive elements from its ideological spectrum are reined in,”
TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee told Mail Today.
Meanwhile, the VHP once again issued a threat to the Mamata regime, saying that while they were protesting outside the Bangladesh mission and that too against “persecution of Hindus” in that country, she intervened for no reason and that showed her “pro-Muslim” and “anti-Hindu” ideology.
“What business did she have to jump in the fray when we were trying to safeguard the rights and properties of Hindus in Bangladesh? This shows that she is anti-Hindu and pro-Muslim and that is how she is trying to maintain her rule in West Bengal,” VHP international joint general secretary Surendra Jain told Mail Today. On the other hand, Mail Today accessed the signed copy of the FIR that Kolkata Police have lodged against four BJP-RSS leaders. The FIR names DU professor Rakesh Sinha, BJP leader Nupur Sharma, Mysore BJP MP Pratap Simha and BJP MLA from Telangana Raja Singh.