Goalpokhar: Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to destroy Bengal and its culture.
“They (BJP) want to destroy and divide Bengal, they are doing the same thing in Assam and Tamil Nadu,” Mr Gandhi said. He said if Bengal is divided, the loss will be of the Bengali people.
Addressing his first public rally the eight-phase Bengal election, Mr Gandhi said, People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing. Wherever BJP, RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there
“In every state, they say similar things like ‘Sonar Bangla’. But, they only offer dividing people on the basis of religion, caste and language,” the Lok Sabha MP said.
“See what happened in UP – people are dying of corona. Hospitals are full of dead bodies, the Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) has no sense,” he said.
The Congress leader said Bengal gave opportunity to Trinamool Congress (TMC) but they failed.
On “cut money” culture in Bengal, he said, “You gave an opportunity to TMC. But, they failed. People of the state have to venture out in search of jobs. This is the only state where you have to pay cut money to get jobs.”
Mr Gandhi took a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said his party would never align with the BJP and the RSS, unlike the TMC, which in the past had been an alliance partner of the saffron party-led NDA.
The Congress leader ridiculed TMC’s poll slogan “Khela Hobe” and said that serving people and playing games in this regard are not the same.”