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On Ram Navami Violence, CM Mamata Banerjee Shreds BJP

The Bengal Desk:
Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress has stepped up its attack on the BJP after a man identified as Sumit Shaw was arrested on charges of brandishing a weapon during a Ram Navami procession in Howrah. The BJP has demanded deployment of central forces in violence-hit areas of the state and an inquiry by a central agency. Today, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a swipe at the BJP and compared it to the CPM.

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The Chief Minister said, "I have to be constantly warned that the BJP will cause riots somewhere. They don't understand that people in Bengal don't like riots and riots are not in our culture. People don't engage in riots".

She added that the BJP cannot "match us and that is the reason for creating riots by bringing hired goons from outside".

"The moment peace returned to Howrah, the next day they went to dance at Rishra... They say it is a religious work. What is this religious work? These people are defaming Hinduism," she said.

Echoing what happened in Bengal, there is no rioting but criminal violence – “violence by criminals” – she said: “You saw the picture of the young man on TV. They dance with weapons in the Ram Navami procession Lord Ram came and whispered in his ears that they are taking weapons and organizing processions for me?"

"That was what CPM was doing. You have witnessed the torture of CPM for 34 years... CPM goons have now become BJP experts," she added.

The BJP, she said, used bulldozers, tractors and petrol in Howrah to "disgrace" the Ram Navami procession.

"Using brute force, they burnt carts belonging to fruit sellers. They set fire to people's homes. We are ensuring that everyone gets carts of fruit and those whose houses have been damaged, we are providing assistance from the government," she told the rally. party workers in Midnapore.

Police say Sumit Shaw, who was arrested in Bihar, has confessed to participating in the procession armed with a weapon.

Asked about the arrest, state BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar told that Sumit Shaw must have participated in the Ram Navami procession in Munger.

The BJP claimed that the video shared by Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee was not from Howrah but from elsewhere.

"Why can't Trinamool Congress show the videos of them being attacked by the Ram Navami procession? Show one such video. The attack was from the other side. The Chief Minister is encouraging communal elements. They should be arrested and jailed," Majumdar added.

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There was widespread violence during a Ram Navami rally in Howrah on Thursday, which spilled over into the second day. On Sunday, there was violence in Rishra, again during the Ram Navami procession, which saw a flare-up on Monday evening. 

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