West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday challenged the BJP and asked them to change the national anthem. He said this in the context of a letter written by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He told a gathering that the colonies of refugees in West Bengal have been recognized, there is no need to fear NRC, NPR or CAA. Taking a dig at the BJP, he said that the saffron party created a new religion of riots and hatred among the communities. The BJP can never find a permanent solution to the Gorkhaland issue, only the Trinamool Congress can do so.
Referring to a letter recently written by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy to the Prime Minister to change the national anthem, he said that the people of the state would give a befitting reply if such “adventurism” is done. He said, “They want to change the history of our country and now also change the national anthem.”
He on Tuesday accused the central government of interfering in the jurisdiction of the state by summoning IPS officers to serve within them. Banerjee also challenged the central government to impose President’s rule in the state and criticized it for attempting to convert West Bengal into “riot-affected” Gujarat.
He said the convoy of BJP national president JP Nadda was not attacked and wondered why the “convicted criminals” were with him. Banerjee said, “If the BJP and the central government think that they will scare us by bringing the central force here and transferring the state cadre officers, then they are thinking wrong.” The Center is summoning our officers… Nobody wanted to hurt them (Nadda) or their convoy. ”
He said, “Why did he have so many cars in his convoy?” Why were the convicted criminals with him? The goons who broke the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar last year were also with Nadda… Seeing such goons roam free, people got angry… I challenge the Center to show imposition of President’s rule in Bengal. ”
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