Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged people to fight against communal forces that are trying to divide the society.
She visited Shanti Dan, a destitute home set up by Mother Teresa in Tangra on Friday evening. She watched the drama staged by the inmates and appreciated their effort.
“Unity is strength. The soil of Bengal does not encourage communalism and if we are united no power can separate us,” she said. She said it is the culture in Bengal to stand by the neighbours in times of need.
Pointing at Javed Khan and James Kujur, two ministers on the dais who come from two different religions, she said: “Look how two ministers from different communities are sitting side by side. This is natural in Bengal. Our environment supports social and communal harmony and any attempt to destroy the social fabric will not be tolerated.” She said, for generations people coming from different religions and cultures have been staying peacefully in Bengal and “We are really proud of this rich tradition and heritage.”
She recalled the role played by Mother Teresa in giving shelter to the hapless when communal riot broke out in some parts in Central Kolkata after the demolition of Babri Mosque on December 6, 1992. “We still remember her role when riot broke out in the city. It is remembered all over the country.”
It may be recalled that in all the speeches delivered by her in the past few days, Banerjee had strongly condemned those who are trying to destroy the secular fabric in Bengal.
During the core committee meeting of Trinamool Congress held last month she asked her party leaders and workers to go to the people and spread the message of social peace and harmony.
In West Midnapore where she took part in a get together to celebrate Bijoya on Wednesday she named BJP and RSS and held them responsible for spread communal tension in Bengal.
At Salboni while addressing a gathering on Thursday she criticised CPI(M) and BJP for trying to destroy the peace and harmony which is Bengal’s tradition.
Again, in Friday’s meeting she warned the secessionist forces and urged people to put up united fight against them.