President felicitated by state
The social fabric of West Bengal is peace and communal harmony and this will have to be preserved at any cost, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday afternoon. She was speaking in connection with the felicitation of President Pranab Mukherjee. Governor KN Tripathi was also present at the meeting.
The programme was held at the famous mall of Darjeeling. The President along with his son Abhijit, Congress MP and daughter arrived on Tuesday morning. The Chief Minister had arrived on Monday.
Referring to the President as “Pranab da”, Mamata Banerjee said the hills had been greeting him.
“There is peace and the hills are laughing. All the people of the hills are welcoming you,” Banerjee said Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore had enriched the culture of West Bengal.
“We want peace and the rich heritage and culture should be preserved.”
“There is communal harmony in Bengal and people are used to living with those belonging to different communities, culture, language and even food habits. But the harmony that is prevalent have made our society an ideal place to live in,” she said. She urged the people to come to the hills over and over again. She wished the President and Governor long lives and good health.