Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said “Some accuse me of (doing) Muslim appeasement. My question to them is whether loving Hindus means you have to hate Muslims. I respect and love all communities and religion.
This country belongs to everybody,” she said.
She says, those who accuse her of appeasing Muslims are friends of neither the Hindus nor the Muslims.
“Those who say I appease Muslims are the friends of neither the Hindus nor the Muslims,” Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, said while addressing a special prayer gathering on Red Road here to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
The BJP and some other organisations have been charging Banerjee with appeasement of Muslims for political reasons.
Referring to the general election in 2019, the chief minister also called for an end to communal hatred and lynching in the country.
“We have to understand that terrorists don’t belong to any religion. We all have to fight together in the 2019 to make this country free from the reign of communal hatred and lynching. Let’s work together to build a new India,” she said.
“My question to the Central government officials is whether they are not aware that Eid is scheduled to be celebrated on June 16. Why was the Niti Aayog meeting kept on that day? I had written to the Central government urging it to change the date so that it doesn’t clash with Eid,” she said.
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