By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net,
Kolkata: “I have always expressed my displeasure against those who demolished the Babri mosque and will continue to do so,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in a convention organized by the youth wing of Trinamul Congress `Yuba’ on December 6 to observe the day as Sanhati Divas (Integrity Day) in Kolkata.
Evoking Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Vivekananda, Iqbal, she said that we must learn to live in harmony.
Praksah Karat in `Anti Communal’ convention on December 6.
Adding that she respects all religions, she demanded that those involved in riots must be punished.
Imam of Nakhoda Mosque Maulana Muhammad Shafik, who was also present at the convention, demanded that the Babri mosque must be rebuild.
Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Nurur Rahman Barkati, MP Nadimul Haque, Mukul Roy, State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, `Yuba’ president Abhishek Banerjee, besides Sikh and Jain leaders also spoke on the occasion.
Few kilometers away at Esplanade Left Front had also organized an ‘Anti Communal Convention’ on the occasion. General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Prakash Karat warned that those who were behind the demolition are not again trying to grab power at the center. He said that under Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Muslims were massacred in 2002 and now RSS, BJP and entire Sangh machinery are promoting him as the prime ministerial candidate.
Mamata Banerjee speaking at Sanhati Divas’ on December 6 in Kolkata.
He urged the people that all section of the country should be united to fight for secularism and national integrity.
Veteran CPI leader A B Bardhan, state chief of CPIM Biman Basu, General secretary of Forward Block Debabrata Biswas, Ex CM of WB Buddhadev Bhattacharya, Suryakanta Mishra also spoke on the occasion.
[Photos: Sandip Saha]