BJP leader Mukul Roy today said that Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee must clear her political stand on the issue of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
After flagging off a Ram Navami procession at Manicktala here, former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP said Miss Banerjee instructed TMC workers to celebrate Ram Navami in West Bengal but she must clearly say whether Ram temple should be built or not at the disputed site of Ayodhya.
“The people of the state want to know whether Miss Banerjee is maintaining a double standard or she has a clear sympathy on Hindu issues. Today, on her instruction, TMC workers are celebrating Ram Navami across the state. But she must say whether Hindus should get Ram temple at Ayodhya as King Dasharatha’s first son Ram was born there,” said Mr Roy.
Former TMC vice-president also said that Ram Navami is being observed since a long time and it is a historic and mythological event. “BJP pays honour to this festival and established this cultural heritage festival in West Bengal as a colourful event by organising procession. We have no objection as TMC is also celebrating it this year. But besides observing the festival, TMC supremo must say whether Ram temple should be constructed at Ayodhya or not,” he said.
In connection with BJP supporters seen carrying arms during raliies in the city, Mr Roy said that arms is only a symbol and the saffron supporters only display some traditional arms to mark the festival. “Our supporters have no intention to fight against anybody with arms,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, who himself took part in Ram Navami celebrations in Kharagpur area of West Midnapore district, said: “Till now there have been no reports of any untoward incident. Rallies have been successful as common people in huge numbers joined the rally. This is a first step towards uniting the Hindus of the state against the anti-Hindu TMC government.”
He mentioned that people have been observing this festival since the pre-independence era. “Carrying arms to mark this festival began when the Indian Constitution was not even written. This has been an old tradition here to conduct armed rallies.”
“We have akhara (monastery for religious renunciates in Guru-shishya tradition culture) culture here, so our supporters today took out arms procession,” he said.
Regarding construction of Ram Temple, he said that Ram Rajya will be established in West Bengal after Ram Temple is built in Ayodhya. “Today’s awakening of the Hindus and their enthusiasm in our society clearly revealed that Ram Rajaya will also be formed here,” he said.
BJP’s national secretary Rahul Sinha said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee has lost to Hinduism today. “This is a big victory for the BJP and its Hindutva agenda. It is important that Trinamul Congress leaders had to bow down their heads to the Hindu population in the state. We welcome this,” Mr Sinha, who himself participated in a rally in Hooghly district’s Chinsurah, said.
TMC in a bid to counter the rallies by BJP and Sangh affiliates took out colourful processions and organised Ram Puja in various parts of the state. TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said that people of the state will not be divided as they would not accept the dirty politics of the BJP.