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No differences between Hindus and Muslims in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee's comments came in the backdrop of a brutal killing of a labourer from the state in Rajasthan last week

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Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee | Photo: PTI

Chief Minister today said her would not let anyone create differences between the in the state and slammed the for resorting to a "false propaganda" to malign her party. Banerjee's comments came in the backdrop of a brutal killing of a labourer from the state in last week. "One person from our state was burnt alive in How long will this keep happening? I do not want to know whether he was Muslim or Hindu. In West Bengal, we do not create differences between Hindus and Muslims, between Sikhs and Christians. We consider everybody as our family members," she told a public meeting here. The chief minister, in an apparent dig at state chief Dilip Ghosh, said some were raising the question as regards why would the people of Bengal go to the other states (for employment). Ghosh had recently said the people of were going to the other states as the Banerjee-led Trinamool (TMC) in the state had failed to create jobs. The chief minister said it was only normal for the people of other states to come to Bengal and vice versa. "Can we tell our brothers and sisters from to leave Bengal?" she wondered. The TMC supremo slammed the for trying to "spread canards and a false propaganda" to malign her party. Mohammad Afrazul, a labourer from Malda district, was hacked and burnt to death in Rajsamand district of last week. Banerjee also sounded a warning to her party's Birbhum district chief, Anubrata Mandal, asking him not to use "offensive language". "For the last time, I am telling him (Mandal) not to use any offensive language.

Because they (BJP) indulge in bad- mouthing, we will not be doing the same. This is not our culture. We can speak in a decent language," she said. Referring to Afrazul's killing, Mandal had yesterday said, "Had it taken place in Bengal, I would have burnt the offender alive." Banerjee asserted that her party would fight the "politically and administratively".

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 20:18 IST
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