West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has caused a commotion after she praised the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), the parent body of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is her primary opposition in her state. Mamata said“all are not bad in the Sangh Parivar” as a section does not support the policies followed by BJP.
“RSS was not so bad earlier, I don’t think they are bad now either. There are many people in the RSS who are good and don’t support the BJP. They will also break their silence one day,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Reacting to this, senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakrabarty hit back at the Chief Minister calling her an “opportunist” and “product” of the RSS.
“It is once again clear that TMC is not trustworthy in the fight against BJP,” said Sujan Chakrabarty.
The sharpest reaction came from All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi. “In 2003 too Mamata had called RSS “patriots”. In turn RSS had called her “Durga”. RSS wants Hindu Rashtra. Its history is full of anti-Muslim hate crimes. She’d defended the BJP govt in Parliament after the Gujarat pogrom. Hope TMC’s “Muslim faces” praise her for her honesty & consistency.”
Despite running in Bengal’s assembly elections and running in areas with a predominance of Muslims, where it sought to distinguish itself from the TMC and the BJP, Owaisi was unable to gain even one seat. He had singled out the RSS as having “Hindu Rashtra” as its goal.
Owaisi claims that following the violence in Gujarat, Mamata defended the BJP government in the Parliament.
The RSS and the BJP, according to BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh, do not require a certificate from CM Banerjee.