Kolkata: Shataf Balsar, a teenager took part in the rally organised by the Left Front from Esplanade to Rajabazar demanding immediate punishment of the culprits those demolished Babri Masjid 27 years ago. Shataf said that though he is not much aware of the Ayodhya land dispute but had participated in the rally as his ‘Abbu’ (father) had asked him to.
Devika Chakraborty, a homemaker from Beliaghata who were also seen chanting slogans in favour of rebuilding Babri Masjid said, “Though I am from a Hindu Brahmin family but still I don’t support the vandalism on a mosque. What temple is for the Hindus, mosques are for the Muslims. The BJP doesn’t have any right to play with anyone’s sentiments.”
Chakraborty further claimed, “When Babri masjid was vandalized in 1992, I was a college student and have seen how my friends from the minority community had broken down. Instead of constructing temples the BJP should follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and serve the mankind.”
The Left parties observed Black Day, on the 27th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, and demanded immediate punishment to those who brought down the historic mosque.
West Bengal Left Front secretary and Politburo member Biman Bose who was leading the rally quoted former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu on the occasion and said, “Just to stay in power many political parties are trying to divide the country on religious lines. And destroying the heritage of India is a barbaric act. Those supported the move are also culprits.”
While senior leader and politburo member Suryakanta Mishra termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government, a government filled with thieves and also that due to saffron camp’s divisive politics the country is getting destroyed.
“BJP is not bothered about the growing prices of commodities and also of unemployment. Is Pakistan responsible for the growing unemployment in India? By fighting over temple and mosques they (BJP) cannot provide employment to the growing unemployed youths in the country,” said Mishra.
Claiming that communalism and divisive politics won’t rule the country for long, West Bengal CPI leader Prabir Deb believes that only the communists can build a better nation.
Deb also informed that from December 11 CPI (M) and all its allied parties will hit the streets across the state and will be informing people the hazards of implementing NRC in the state.
Taking a dig at chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Forward Bloc leader Victor said that one side the TMC supremo is saying that she will not allow implementation in Bengal on the other hand she is giving NPR training to the state government officials.
“Only the Left Front believes in unity. The rest of the political parties play divisive politics. In August 4, 2005 Mamata Banerjee wanted to implement NRC and now she is playing dubious role. From April 1, if any official approach people to see their identity cards the people of Bengal should not cooperate with then. No one should cooperate with the RSS and the BJP,” added Victor.
Interestingly, BJP leader Rahul Sinha refuted all the charges of playing divisive politics, Sinha reacted, “The CPI (M) cannot do anything alone. Their alliance with Congress also failed. Now they are acting as the mouthpiece of the TMC supremo. BJP believes in safety of citizens of India for which implementation of NRC is required.”
On November 9, Supreme Court had given the verdict of to construct Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and have also directed the Central government to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque within Ayodhya.