Does loving Hindus mean hating Muslims, asks Mamata Banerjee

Does loving Hindus mean hating Muslims, ...

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said those who accuse her of appeasing Muslims are friends of neither the Hindus nor the Muslims.

"Some accuse me of (doing) Muslim appeasement. My question to them is whether loving Hindus means you have to hate Muslims. I respect and love all communities and religion. This country belongs to everybody," she said.

"Those who say I appease Muslims are friends of neither the Hindus nor the Muslims," Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, said while addressing a special prayer gathering on Red Road here to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.

The BJP and some other organisations have been charging Banerjee with appeasement of Muslims for political reasons.

The chief minister said it was due to her protest that the Niti Aayog meeting which was earlier scheduled for today was changed to tomorrow.

"My question to the Central government officials is whether they are not aware that Eid is scheduled to be celebrated on June 16. Why was the Niti Aayog meeting kept on that day? I had written to the Central government urging it to change the date so that it doesn't clash with Eid," she said.

Banerjee had yesterday confirmed her participation in the Niti Aayog's rescheduled governing council meeting in New Delhi on June 17. The meeting, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was earlier scheduled on June 16, the day when Eid-ul-Fitr is to be celebrated.

Banerjee and a few other chief ministers had expressed unwillingness to attend the meeting in view of the Eid festival, following which it was postponed by a day to June 17.


PostedOn: 16 Jun 2018 Total Views: 1169




TRS worker who self-immolated for MLA di...

TRS worker who self-immolated for MLA dies, even a...

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) worker who hadset himself ablazelast week to protest the denial of a party ticket to a leader that he supported succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The police said 16 people were injured when Rengunta Gattaiah doused himself in petrol and attempted to self-immol...

19 Sep 2018

PM Modi broke promises made to Andhra, C...

PM Modi broke promises made to Andhra, Congress wi...

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was disrespecting the people of Andhra Pradesh by breaking all promises made to the state during bifurcation in 2014. Gandhi promised that immediately after coming to power, the Congress would accord special category s...

19 Sep 2018

Hyd HC orders police to book TDP MLA for...

Hyd HC orders police to book TDP MLA for 'prostitu...

The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Andhra Pradesh police to register a case against MLA Bode Prasad from the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), based on a complaint filed by YSRCP MLA RK Roja. The bench gave the orders while hearing a plea by Roja, who had moved the court in August this ...

19 Sep 2018

Kumaraswamy slumps in popularity as Karn...

Kumaraswamy slumps in popularity as Karnataka CM

Barely four months after the HD Kumaraswamy government took over, around 35 per cent of respondents interviewed by the India Today-Axis-My-India PSE survey expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling JDS-Congress coalition. Some 28 per cent rated it average and 23 good, the poll, with a sample size of...

14 Sep 2018

Political Stock Exchange results bring c...

Political Stock Exchange results bring cheer to YS...

The PSE results bring cheer to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Around 43 per cent of the respondents favoured the YSR Congress president as the next chief minister as against 38 per cent supporting incumbent N Chandrababu Naidu. The state's TDP government also appeared to be han...

14 Sep 2018

Political Stock Exchange: KC Rao soars i...

Political Stock Exchange: KC Rao soars in Telangan...

Telangana's caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is far ahead of any competition as the state prepares for early polls following his decision to dissolve the assembly prematurely, according to the findings of India Today's Political Stock Exchange (PSE). On September 6, Rao set the ball roll...

14 Sep 2018

If Telangana not prepared, we will postp...

If Telangana not prepared, we will postpone polls:...

"We can hold polls if Telangana is prepared. But there is a big 'if'," he said. Assembly elections will not be held in Telangana along with those in four states this year-end if the preparedness of the poll machinery in the southern state is not ‘satisfactory’, Chief Election Commissione...

12 Sep 2018

TS Innovation Cell to launch promotion y...

TS Innovation Cell to launch promotion yatra

Startup India Telangana Yatra to scout for innovators in Tier-II and III cities As part of efforts to promote entrepreneurship in Tier-II and III cities, the Telangana State Innovation Cell has decided to launch the Startup India Telangana Yatra to spread awareness about the innovation policy and th...

10 Sep 2018