Kolkata, Sep 21: Reacting strongly over allegations of appeasing the minority community, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said such remarks against her are “deeply insulting”.
On the eve of Durga Puja, while addressing public in South Kolkata, Banerjee said “I do not believe in appeasement. These comments are deeply insulting. I believe in the religion of humanity that talks about the harmony among all the religions”.
Not only this, West Bengal CM also accused the centre of conspiring against the state.
“The centre hatches several conspiracies against us. They take help of different agencies from time to time. But I am strong believer in divine powers. I believe we will demolish all the conspiracies,” she asserted.
Banerjee said she observes the rituals and customs of all the communities with equal enthusiasm but nobody raises the question of appeasement when it comes to a hindu or any other religion festival.
“If I go to Muslim festival, people terms it as appeasement. But when I go the Chhath puja celebrations or observe Buddha Purnima, does anybody ask whom am I appeasing? When I go to the temples or be present in the midnight prayer on Christmas, does anyone raise the question of appeasement?” she asked.
Criticising Calcutta High Court order to lift the ban on Durga idol immersion on the day of the 10th day of Muharram, imposed by state government, Mamata said “Someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace”, news agency ANI quoted.
“It is not the custom to immerse the goddess on a Saturday or on Akadoshi (the day after Dussehra). So where was the problem? Some people are trying to demean the festival. They are trying to disrupt peace,” Banerjee alleged.
Issuing strict warning, Banerjee said “If anybody tries to create unrest, I would be their biggest enemy. If anyone conspires to disturb the peace, they would have to take the responsibility”.