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“I will not bow down before the BJP”, says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the BJP government and asserted that unlike the Karnataka government, she will not bow down before the BJP.

“You (the BJP) cannot drug people with the opium of religion,” declared the Chief Minister.

“The Karnataka government fell. No one could say a word. The central government is either threatening opposition leaders or buying them out with money. It is after Bengal now, as we are opposing its policies and divisive politics. But Bengal is not so cheap. In Bengal we fight… The central government can put me behind bars, but I will not bow down before the BJP,” she said a students’ rally in Kolkata today.

She said that Bengal celebrates all religions.

“We observe Durga puja, Kali puja… What do you do? You worship Ravana (the demon king in Ramayana defeated by Lord Ram),” Mamata Banerjee said.

She said the BJP is “terrorising the police, IPS officers are losing jobs, the people in distress”.

The important institutions of the country are being headed by retired bureaucrats, who are acting as “yes men” of the government, she added.

Speaking about Jammu and Kashmir, she said accused the government of “using brute force to scuffle all voices of dissent in the Valley”.

“We will stand by Kashmir,” she asserted.

The country, Mamata Banerjee said, is heading towards a “presidential form of government”.  “I am predicting one election, one party rule soon,” she said.

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