Never ever had the state of West Bengal seen such widespread pomp over Ram Navami. In what has been a bid to unite the Hindus of the state by Rashtriya Sayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other wings of the Sangh Parivar, about 50 processions of different sizes were organised on the occasion of Ram Navami today in Kolkata.
Activists, bike borne and on foot, brandishing swords and chanting ‘Jay Shree Ram’ were seen in all the cases with giant size pictures of Lord Ram leading all the processions.
Interestingly processions were taken out even at the Muslim-majority pockets such as Kidderpore where they also shouted slogans like ‘Hindu Raj Banayenge’ (will build Hindu rule).
While RSS-backed organisations took out rallies at Burrabazar and other areas of north Kolkata, at Bhawanipore in central Kolkata and Garia in south Kolkata armed activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) participated in the rally.
Among the districts, rallies at Suri in Birbhum district which had been a TMC-stronghold had been a surprise element. To counter them, TMC organised Hanuman Puja at several areas and TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal himself participated in some Hanuman worship.
At Durgapur in Burdwan district, women and school children walked the rallies, sword in hand along with members of the saffron brigade.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said Hindus rallied with sword which is a weapon of Lord Ram and retorted at Mamata saying, “She is afraid of the growing strength of the BJP in Bengal.”
On the other hand, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, at another press conference said that RSS should be banned in India. “RSS is a threat to India and just as the US banned Taliban, RSS should be banned in the country. I will talk to the CM and request her to ban RSS in Bengal, because it is spreading communal tension everywhere,” Barkati said on the sidelines of the press conference.