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Rath Yatras meant for God, not to indulge in riot: Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  Sagar Island (WB) 

Coming down heavily on the BJP for its proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal, on Friday said such yatras are typically conducted in the name of God, and not meant to indulge in "danga" (riot).

The on Monday declined an urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state.

"There are yatras for Lord and Lord Jagannath, we take part in those rath yatras. Those who carry out yatras to kill common people indulge in 'danga' yatras," Banerjee said at a public distribution programme here.

"We don't insult anybody. We respect everyone irrespective of their religious affinity," she added.

The three-phased Rath Yatra, also being called the 'Save Democracy Rally', was scheduled to be held this month, covering all the 42 constituencies in the state. The rallies were to be flagged off by

Banerjee also hit out at BJP leaders, calling them 'bhogis' (people indulging in material enjoyment) and said the party was no authority to decide on what religion people should follow.

"These so-called 'yogis' (holy men) are not 'yogis' but they are 'bhogis'. They've suddenly started giving diktats to people on religion. Who are they to decide?

"My faith is my choice. We are secular, pray to all Gods and respect all religions. We love religion as much as Islam, Sikh religion and Christianity," she said.

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

First Published: Fri, December 28 2018. 17:46 IST