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BJP mixing religion with politics in devpt works : Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Chief Minister Monday slammed the BJP for "mixing religion with politics in all development programmes" and

"delaying" important projects.

Banerjee made the allegation while inaugurating a Rs 60-crore-skywalk at the famed here after Rani Rasmoni, its founder.

The Dakshineswar skywalk would facilitate thousands of people who visit the temple everyday, she said, while accusing the opposition parties in the state - the BJP, CPI(M) and - of "just doing politics" by opposing projects and provoking hawkers.

On BJP, she said, "The saffron party has no work other than opposing development activities and dividing people on religious line."

"Religion is an individual matter for all, but festival is for everybody. There is no place for religion in any festival, in which everybody is entitled to participate," Banerjee said.

Stating that the would soon emerge as an international religious tourist spot, Banejee said her government would take the initiative for more skywalks at Tarakeswar, Tarapith and other places in the state for the benefit of the visitors.

The 340-metre-long and 10-metre-wide skywalk comprises of 14 escalators and four lifts to facilitate visitors.

The has also been given Rs 19 crore for the development of its 'ghat' on the of the Hooghly, Banerjee said.

Tender has been floated to introduce a light and sound arrangement at the temple premises to showcase the contribution of and the roles played by many eminent persons since the Bengal Renaissance.

A total of 137 hawkers have been relocated in a newly developed area beside the temple premises, she added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 23:15 IST