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Mamata slams BJP’s politics of hate and discrimination

Kolkata, Jan 28 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today slammed
the BJP for its politics of 'hate and discrimination'.
Speaking at the Khelashree award ceremony, Ms Banerjee said an atmosphere of
fear prevailed in the country.
CBI is hounding anyone who criticizes the BJP, she said.
The chief minister said that sting operations are being organised for money.
From computers to internet, mobile phones to banks, even the privacy of people
was under attack, she commented.
Ms Banerjee said industry is suffering due to GST and demonetisation. Sports
and cultural fields are the biggest sufferers due to lack of sponsorship.
They are creating hurdles if someone wants to help the clubs. CBI is hounding
them. People are afraid, she said.
Do not be alarmed. Law will take its own course. They want to use state
machinery for their political gain; this cannot be allowed, Ms Banerjee warned.
They are spending money to conduct sting operations. They are recording
personal conversations of friends, married couples, journalists, judges,
industrialists, she said.
"We organise Durga Puja, Christmas, Eid, Buddha Purnima. We all participate
in festivities. This is our pride," she said.
The chief minister said, "In Bengal, even if we have to starve, we will share our
food with others. We want our youths to conquer the world. They are our pride."
"We love our country and we will not allow anyone to divide it. Someone’s
surname cannot become their identity. We believe in the ideology of Swami
Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Netaji. We believe in the philosophy
of Rabindranath and Nazrul. We believe in unity and harmony," she said.
"Does anyone ever ask whether Gandhiji was Gujarati or Bengali? No. Gandhiji
was Gandhiji. Someone who takes everyone along can become the leader of the
nation," Ms Banerjee commented.
"This country is our pride. Bangla’s soil is the purest. Where else can you find
soil enriched with such purity? This soil taught us the meaning of freedom. This
soil taught us about the renaissance. We must maintain the dignity of this land,"
she said.
"Let the new generation come forward. Even Swami Vivekananda used to say
that playing football is an easier way to reach God instead of reading the Gita.
Sports promote an environment of harmony and culture," the chief minister said.
"The Indian Cricket team has seen the captaincy of Md Azharuddin as well as
Sourav Ganguly. Have we ever questioned whether they are Bengali or Hindu
or Muslim? We work together in harmony," she said.
"Those who are the citizens of this country cannot be called foreigners. We are
all citizens of this country. We vote; we all hold bank accounts. If one cannot
provide their birth certificate of their parents, are they not citizens of the country?
This is what is happening in the country. New agendas are being chalked up to
discriminate against the people," Ms Banerjee said.
The chief minister said, "To become a citizen (as per the new Bill), one must
be considered as a foreigner for the first six years; only then can one receive
citizenship. This is the provision. These are election tactics, don’t believe them.
Till the time we are alive we cannot be intimidated with such tactics."
"If something happens to one person, another will stand up for him/her.
People’s court is the highest court. Let everyone live in peace," she added.
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