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Mamata Banerjee dares Modi, Shah to have ‘mantras’ contest

PTI
Published : Mar 20, 2019, 2:45 am IST
Updated : Mar 20, 2019, 2:45 am IST

The BJP had often questioned the chief minister’s religion and accused her of following the politics of minority appeasement.

Mamata Banerjee (Photo: PTI )
 Mamata Banerjee (Photo: PTI )

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday lashed out at the BJP for questioning her religion and challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to compete with her in chanting “mantras” (hymns).

Stating that her government had renovated several temples in the state, she accused the saffron party of engaging in political rhetoric over Ram Mandir ahead of general elections.

“Worship does not mean only putting a 'tilak' on the forehead. One must understand the meaning of the mantras (Hindu religious hymns). I challenge Modi-Shah to compete with me in chanting mantras,” the Trinamul Congress supremo said.

Ms Mamata, one of the harshest critics of BJP, said, “There are people who question my religion. I want to say that my religion is humanity and I do not need lecture from others about religion.

“They try to point fingers at me and say I do not allow puja to be conducted in Bengal. They should go and see how many ‘mandirs’ (temples) have been constructed during the TMC regime,” she said at a programme here.

The BJP had often questioned the chief minister’s religion and accused her of following the politics of minority appeasement.

“We do not believe in the religion of hatred. We believe in humanism. They only engage in political rhetoric over Ram Mandir before elections,” she said.

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