Condemning incidents of encroaching on freedom of individuals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said no political gain can be achieved by creating instability and such elements don't want development of the country.
“What a person should eat or what he should wear, what he should sing ... are all matters of his freedom, independent choice. Everyone in this country has the equal right to profess things of his choice,” Banerjee said.
Replying to queries on alleged incidents of creating disturbance and encroaching on individual freedom, Banerjee said she condemned them.The concept of ‘Bharat’ remained within unity in diversity and that was the country's core strength, she said.
Asserting that West Bengal always stood for unity and amity among all sections of people, Banerjee said,
“If anyone is trying to foment trouble (in the country) that is not the right thing.” Hinting those who rake up such issues don't want development of the country, Banerjee said, “Had there been the issue of development before them (such elements) they won’t have resorted to such tactics.”
Banerjee left for North Bengal for a slew of programmes in the next three days. She would be attending a meeting at Jaigaon, on Indo-Bhutan border on Nov 3. The CM said it will be attended by a big delegation from Bhutan including their ministers. Besides there will be a slew of meetings at Coochbehar, Dooars, Terai, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Mal where public projects will be discussed, she said. Stressing that she believed in regularly monitoring projects in north Bengal, Banerjee said, “I do hold meetings in every three-four months in different places of North Bengal. My programmes will start from today itself after we reach Bagdogra airport near Siliguri.”
Banerjee said on her arrival in Kolkata, she will have a meeting with a Chinese team headed by the Vice-President on November 5.
“It will be an important visit. They will arrive on November four night, take part in the meeting the next day and leave on that day itself,” she added.
On the issue of West Bengal minister Madan Mitra getting bail on Saturday by a local court after being jailed for about a year on the Saradha scam issue, Banerjee said “I won’t utter any word about the court.”