RSS plans ‘Ram Navami’ rallies in Bengal

Trinamool to formulate strategy to counter saffron forces

March 25, 2017 11:17 pm | Updated 11:17 pm IST - Kolkata

For the first time, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is all set to celebrate Ram Navami on April 6 across West Bengal with a massive show of strength. Speaking to The Hindu, RSS sources said the move is to “uphold Hindutva” in Bengal.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of the Trinamool Congress’ core committee on April 1, aimed at formulating a strategy to combat the RSS and BJP.

The RSS has planned “six mega rallies” in Kolkata and at least 175 across the State, Sangh officials said.

In Kolkata, rallies will be taken out in Khidderpur, Burrabazar, Baranagar, Hastings and Brace Bridge areas. The rallies are not being organised directly under the banner of RSS but by affiliated committees — the Ramnavami Udyapon Samity and Shree Shree Ram Navami Utsav Samity.

On the Trinamool core committee meeting, a senior leader told The Hindu , “Among other things, we will discuss how to counter RSS and BJP in the State, as neither the CPI(M) nor the Congress is keen to resist the BJP.” On the rallies on April 6, however, he said, “If these are usual rallies, why should it be discussed?”

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