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Mamata Banerjee wants to create ‘Greater Bangladesh’: Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

In a Facebook post, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to create a “Greater Bangladesh” by raising ‘Jai Bangla’ slogan at her public meetings.

Mr. Ghosh shared a poster on his official Facebook account where an image of Ms. Banerjee is shown with the caption - “The honourable person is uttering the Bangladeshi slogan Jai Bangla which is the national slogan of Islamic Bangladesh. She is fighting with the objective of a Greater Bangladesh,” the post said.

Two other images of Bangladeshi actor Firdaus campaigning for the Trinamool Congress in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and a Bangladeshi cricketer inaugurating a Durga Puja, organised by a Trinamool Congress MLA in north Kolkata, were also attached with the Facebook post.

The Chief Minister on January 23 declined to speak at an event to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary where “Jai Shri Ram” slogans were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ms. Banerjee had not started her speech when the slogan was raised by a section of the crowd at the Victoria Memorial event to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.

“This is a government programme and not a political programme. There has to be dignity. It doesn’t behove anybody to invite people and insult. I won’t speak. Jai Bangla, Jai Hind,” she had said, wrapping up.

Strongly reacting to Mr. Ghosh’s Facebook post, TMC MP Sougata Roy described it as “not worthy of response”. “It is condemnable that the BJP is trying to import its divisive communal brand of politics to Bengal,” Mr. Roy added.

TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said, “Ghosh has forgotten that the BJP has increased its number by inducting former TMC members which shows the bankruptcy of the saffron party”.

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