TMC is now forced to practice ‘soft hindutva’ to arrest the hindu voters moving gently to press the BJP button in the EVM in last few elections, criticised by both the Congress and Left party leaders.
“Politics driven by religious compulsion is a dangerous trend and will destroy the communal harmony of the state in the long run”, Abdul Mannan, leader of Opposition in the State Assembly said, while the CPI(M) leaderships are also expressed their concerns over the “competitive communalism practised by the TMC and the BJP” in Bengal may have dangerous consequences.
The TMC, in its defence, said that the BJP doesn’t have a copyright to Hindutva.
“What the BJP is preaching is not Hinduism. They just want to divide the society. We want to take along all communities and religion and move forward,” a senior TMC leader said in return.
The issue came to the fore after the “Brahmin convention” in Birbhum district was organized by the senior TMC leader Anubrata Mondal earlier this week. Thousands of priests were felicitated at the programme and each of them was given a copy of Bhagavad Gita, a shawl and pictures of Sri Ramakrishna and Ma Sarada.