West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who appears much worried about the alleged rise of Hindu fundamentalism in the state and the country, in a first expressed her concerns over “minority extremism.”
Without naming the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Mamata at a Trinamool workers’ meet in Coochbehar said: “I am watching that there are some extremists among the minorities. They have their base in Hyderabad. Don’t listen to them.”
Minutes after workers’ meet the chief minister went to the Madan Mohan Temple in Coochbehar to offer her prayers before she went to the Rash Mela on the Rajbari grounds.
Mamata’s offering the puja at Madan Mohan Temple comes six days after BJP’s Coochbehar MP Nisith Pramanik came in a grand procession to the temple last Tuesday, performed the puja, spinned the Rash Chakra and offered gifts to the temple.
Mamata also voiced her apprehensions regarding the NRC. She said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill of CAB is nothing but a hoax to assure the support of the Bengali Hindus for NRC.
“CAB is a hoax. It struck them after 19 lakh Bengalis, non-Bengalis, Gorkhas in Assam could not make it to the final NRC list. Now they are talking of the CAB when people under the CAB will be treated as non-citizens for six years,” the CM said. “You have already got your names enrolled in the voter’s list. Your sons and daughters are going to schools. You are all enjoying the benefits of various state schemes. What else do you need to apply for citizenship afresh?” the CM said.