Trinamool congressional government will have to pay a heavy price not to lift the lockdown on August 5
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said on Tuesday that the TMC government will have to “pay a heavy price” in state polls for not moving on its decision to impose the lockdown on August 5, despite the demands of his party due to the inauguration of the Ram temple ceremony in Ayodhya.
Mr. Ghosh also claimed that the position of the government led by Mamata Banerjee on the issue reflected its “contempt for the feelings of the Hindu community”.
Refuting the allegation, a top TMC executive said the BJP should refrain from engaging in community politics amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BJP head of state, addressing a rally protesting the alleged murder of his party leaders in the recent past, said: “We had urged the government to change the lockdown date from August 5 to any other day. Yesterday they made changes to the lockdown schedule, but remained adamant on August 5. “
“The people of West Bengal are watching everything. They will not hesitate to change their government in the next election. This arrogance will cost them dearly,” he said.
The Aug. 5 ceremony will mark the start of construction on the Ram Temple after a decades-long title lawsuit at the Ayodhya site in Uttar Pradesh was settled by the Supreme Court last November.
The Medinipur MP said his party will not be running any programs on the occasion, but workers will participate in prayer meetings organized by the VHP and other organizations.
“Tomorrow, in various parts of the state, people will lead the Yagya and perform other rituals to mark Ram Mandir’s ‘bhoomi pujan’. The BJP does not officially run any programs, but our party workers will participate in the celebrations, “he told reporters later in the day.
Reacting to Mr. Ghosh’s claims, TMC Secretary General and State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Bengal believes in community harmony and brotherhood and that nothing should be done to spoil the social fabric of the state.
“Now is not the time to pursue community politics. The BJP should refrain from engaging in community politics amid the pandemic. In Bengal, we have always witnessed the harmony and brotherhood between all religions and cultures. Nothing should be done to spoil that, “he said.
The West Bengal government changed the full lockdown dates for the fourth time this month due to local festivals.
The revised dates are 5 (Wednesday), 8 (Saturday), 20 (Thursday), 21 (Friday), 27 (Thursday), 28 (Friday) and 31 (Monday), as per government notification published Monday.