Asansol (West Bengal), May 1 UNI | 3 months ago

Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 'those who stoke riots can never be the leader of the nation'.


Ms Banerjee was addressing rally here at Asansol yesterday in support of party candidate and Trinamool congress trade union leader Dola Sen.

"If you want to be in Indian politics, you have to accept secularism and that is what our Constitution says," she told reporters without taking Modi's name.

"Secularism means seeing everyone from the same eyes ... The leaders of the country should be like Ambedkar.

She accused the BJP prime ministerial hopeful of instigating 'parochial feelings' and said people from all parts of the country had been living in Bengal for centuries.

"Will you ignite communal riots by coming to Kolkata? Those who speak Bengali will be packed off to Bangladesh - what courage! Such a thing will not happen in Bengal," she said.

"We will not allow any division between Bengalis and non-Bengalis," she said.

She also attacked Congress saying it was responsible for the surge of BJP. "Congress is responsible for the communalism of BJP," she said.

"BJP had a surge also because of Congress-led UPA government's failure to check spiralling prices of essential commodities, petrol and diesel and also for selling out the country," the Trinamool Congress chief said.

Ms Banerjee added: "It is Bengal that is why your meetings have not been banned despite talking about racism."

"Despite knowing that they (Bengalis and non-Bengalis) are living together peacefully in West Bengal, you talk of them when election comes. Why are you doing this?" questioned Ms Banerjee.

(Posted on 01-05-2014)