BJP mixing religion with politics by using Jai Sri Ram slogan
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 02, Jun 2019, 20:09 pm IST | UPDATED: 02, Jun 2019, 20:09 pm IST
Delhi: A day after newly elected BJP MP Arjun Singh said that his party will send 10 lakh postcards with "Jai Sri Ram" written on them to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and challenged her to arrest all the 10 lakh senders, Mamata took to Facebook and wrote a post targeting the BJP saying that the saffron party is mixing religion with politics by using 'Jai Sri Ram' slogan.
BJP leader's statement came in a move likely to add salt to the ruling TMC's wounds after a bruising performance in Lok Sabha polls. However, Mamata on the social media platform said that this is a deliberate attempt that is being made to propagate ideology of hatred through vandalism and violence, which must be opposed. Here's West Bengal CM's full post:
We wish to inform the people that some BJP supporters are trying to spread hatred ideology through one section of media - so so called BJP media and so so called fake video, fake news, misinformation and disinformation to create confusion and to suppress truth and reality.
So far as media is considered, we have no problem as it is their choice and prerogative.
From Ram Mohan Roy to Vidyasagar to other great social reformers, Bengal has been a seat of harmony, progress and forward thinking. But now, the misconceived strategy of BJP is targeting Bengal in a very negative manner.
I have no problem, regarding any particular slogan of political parties in their rallies, and for their party purpose. Every political party has their own slogan. My party has Jai Hind, Vande Mataram. The Left has Inquilab Zindabad. Others have different slogans. We respect each other.
Jai Sia Ram, Jai Ram ji ki, Ram naam Satya hai etc have religious and social connotations. We respect these sentiments. But BJP is using religious slogan Jai Sri Ram as their party slogan in a misconceived manner by way of mixing religion with politics. We do not respect this forcible enforcement of political slogans on others in the name of so called RSS which Bengal never accepted. This is a deliberate attempt to sell hatred ideology through vandalism and violence which we must oppose together. One can fool some people sometimes, but cannot fool all the people all the time.
This is high time that proper action is taken to restrain political workers not to indulge in activities of creating unrest, chaos, violence and disruption of normal life by taking recourse to misplaced ideologies in the so called name of religion to create divide among the people. If all other political parties start resorting to these sort of divisive and disruptive activities, then the entire environment would become highly vitiated and counterproductive.
We have to and would oppose such moves of BJP very strongly in order to keep secular character of the country as enshrined in our constitution.
I appeal to all the people of the country and the state to give a befitting reply to hatred politics and show respect to our country’s glorious culture and heritage.
Let us all be proud of our culture and heritage. Jai Hind, Jai Bangla, Joyo He.
Earlier in the day, Singh also alleged that Mamata was using the police machinery to further her own interests. "She has come to a level where she is using her party and also the police to harass the public. She has lost her mental balance as no stable person otherwise will engage in such activities. Barrackpore will not tolerate this kind of autocratic behaviour of Mamata Banerjee," he said.