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Sangh outfits bring out Ram Navami rallies in West Bengal

IANS | Kolkata |

Various Hindu Right wing groups affiliated to the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) organised grand rallies on the occasion of Ram Navami in West Bengal on Wednesday.

Holding aloft saffron flags and whizzing through the city and districts on motorbikes, members of these outfits kicked-off a series of "armed" rallies during the day.

Even school children and women were seen brandishing swords and bows and arrows in the colourful rallies. They rent the air with slogans of "Jai Siya Ram". In some areas, chants of "Har Har Mahadev" were also heard.

In Kolkata, the rallies were taken out in places like Bhowanipore and Garia-Jadavpur.

In a bid to match the Ram Navami pitch by the Sangh Parivar, including its political arm Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling Trinamool Congress has turned to Hanuman, with the party's irrepressible Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal leading the charge.

Trinamool leaders, people's representatives and workers participated in worshiping Hanuman during the day's Ram Navami celebrations.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted the people on the occasion. "Greetings on the occasion of Ram Navami," Banerjee tweeted.

Banerjee, also the Trinamool chief, earlier cautioned against inciting violence using religion as a plank on the occasion.

"Ram Navami is not the occasion for inciting riots but is a festival of humanity and love," she said.