Kolkata: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday accused his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of being biased against the Hindu community in the state. Speaking to India Today TV, Yogi Adityanath claimed that Mamata puts Muslim community’s needs above the Hindus.
“Two years ago, when Muharram and Durga Puja coincided, in UP, we decided to let the organising committees discuss and sort out timings for simultaneous arrangements.
But, in West Bengal, the government decided that Druga Puja will be put on hold for Muharram procession. Kolkata high court had to intervene,” Yogi Adityanath said. Adityanath was quoted by a wire agency as saying that there was a need for “intervention” in the state.
When asked at a press conference if the President’s Rule should be imposed in West Bengal, Adityanath said: “The way the power is being misused and even yesterday the police remained passive, there would have been a major mishap if there were no central forces. Naturally, these conditions prove that here there is a need to intervene.”
He also said: “I want to ask two questions to Mamata Banerjee: Is it not true that her government had closed the schools, which were established by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar to uplift the Bengali language? Secondly, we believe in worshipping idols. Is it not true that she has been opposing worshipping idols every now and then? Is it not true that it was Mamata who had tried to obstruct Durga Puja celebration for Muharram when the date for two festivals had coincided last year?”