Kolkata, March 19 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threw a Sanskrit mantra-chanting challenge at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah amid a growing war of words between the TMC and the BJP in the run-up to General Elections.
Speaking in the state capital Kolkata, Mamata said merely ‘sporting a tilak’ cannot be taken as one’s allegiance to a religion.
She said, “Puja does not only mean sporting a tilak; Amit babu and Modi babu, come have a competition of mantras with me. Let’s see who knows more Sanskrit mantras.”
Mamata stressed on the need to maintain communal harmony on the occasion of Doljatra and Holi. She asked the people to stay alert and not let any attempt to disturb peace succeed.
“Let the festival of colours be celebrated in a peaceful manner, in an atmosphere of amity and tranquillity,” Banerjee said.