Senior legislator of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Anisur Rehman called up President Pranab Mukherjee on behalf of members of the Left Front in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday and urged him to ensure that secularism - one of basis tenets of the Constitution – is upheld.
The Left Front observed the 20th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya as “National Integration, Unity and Communal Harmony Day” and organised several programmes across the State.
“I urged President Mukherjee that as the one who preserves and protects the Constitution, he should ensure secularism which is the core of our Constitution,” Mr Rehman said.
President Mukherjee reportedly assured Mr Rehman that he will try to do so to the best of his ability.
Members of the Left Front tied rakhis on the wrist of the Speaker of the State Assembly Biman Bandyopadhyay as well as legislators of the Congress and the Trinamool Congress who were present in the Assembly.
“There is a culture of communal harmony in West Bengal. By observing December 6 - the day which is a scar to secular credentials of our country - as communal harmony day we tried to give the message of secularism to the people,” Mr Rehman said.