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TMC slams BJP-RSS for 'putting pressure on organisers' to cancel Mamata's US programme

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Targeting the BJP-RSS, the Trinamool (TMC) on Thursday alleged that "pressure was mounted" on the organisers to cancel a programme in in the US on the occasion of 125 years of the historic address by Swami Vivekananda, where was invited.

The TMC alleged that the BJP-RSS wanted only one major programme to be held in on that occasion.

"Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, on the occasion of 125 years of the historic address by Swami Vivekananda, had invited to attend a programme in The of confirmed her participation to them," TMC's chief national said in a statement.

"Subsequently, it is learnt, that under 'tremendous pressure', the organisers were prevailed upon to cancel the programme. It is common knowledge that the BJP-RSS wanted only one major programme to be held in Chicago and that would be under the banner of the Global Hindu (World Hindu Foundation) and this programme would be attended by Mohan Bhagwat," the statement added.

It further stated: "To ensure this happened, intense pressure was mounted on to cancel the programme."

O'Brien also termed the External Affairs Ministry's statement on the issue as "low-on-fact argument".

Banerjee had on Tuesday said, "I wanted to go to Chicago.... I could not go there because of an unholy conspiracy hatched by certain people. This incident has given me a lot of pain."


The on Wednesday dismissed the reports that Banerjee was denied permission to visit Chicago to attend the World Hindu Conference.

Ministry said the government did not receive any request for clearance for her visit.

"We did not receive any request for clearance regarding the visit of to Chicago for the event. The reports about the denial of permission are, therefore, not true," he said in response to a question.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 14:50 IST
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