Vastavam web: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today made a scathing attack on the BJP, holding it responsible for the “total anarchy” prevailing in India and questioned whether the saffron party had the right to decide what people should eat. She also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of “ruining” democracy in the country by forcing its choice on others, besides creating a division among the people on the basis of religion. The Trinamool Congress chief was referring to the Income Tax raids at the residence and office of an official of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
“They are also deciding on which reporter will be sacked and who will retain his job. What they are doing in the country does not happen in any democracy,” she alleged. Banerjee, who is trying to rally the opposition to take on the BJP in the next year’s general elections, also accused the saffron party of “purchasing media houses” and influencing which news would be telecast. “We have several examples of that, you can agree or disagree.They are deciding what type of news will be telecast,” she alleged.
Referring to the murder of Gauri Lankesh, Banerjee said the editor was killed only because she had spoken on an issue and it was not liked by the BJP. “Because Gauri Lankesh had talked about something, some people belonging to some religious terrorist outfit were employed to remove her. All this information is coming out now. Why will this happen in our country,” she asked. “They (The BJP) have no right to direct anybody what to eat and what not to eat. You cannot force your choice on others. This is not right. Every person has their own right,” she said apparently referring to the controversy over beef.
“There could be political or ideological differences. But this is not done. This is not our country. We have a tradition of loving everybody, but whatever is going on is not right. I believe the public will give its reply,” she said. She claimed she had information that several people were injured in police firing in Jharkhand during the Id-ul-Zuha celebrations and they were undergoing treatment at West Bengal hospitals.