Ahead of the Bhabanipur Assembly bypoll, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that she would not allow India to become Pakistan or the Taliban.
During a meeting with the Hindi-speaking community in Bhabanipur, Mamata Banerjee also asked: who is the BJP to give someone a certificate of national and anti-national?
In the context of Nandigram, the TMC supremo spoke about Pakistan. "These [BJP] people go to Nandigram and tell people about Pakistan....We will not allow this country to become the Taliban or Pakistan," Mamata Banerjee said.
Besides, Mamata Banerjee also said that there is a need to save India in the upcoming election and she will do everything possible to save this country.
"When I go to a mosque, the BJP makes that video viral. This is what they do. I also go to a gurdwara. I even worship Kali at home. That is our tradition. We respect every religion," the chief minister said.
Mamata Banerjee tried to woo the voters from the Hindi-speaking community in a public meeting of about 1 hour. A large number of Hindi speakers live in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency.
On Wednesday, the TMC supremo visited a gurdwara as there are around 5,000 Sikhs and Punjabis living in Bhabanipur. Earlier on Monday, she had visited Sola Ana Masjid.
On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee visited Laxmi Narayan Temple after she met the Hindi-speaking voters.
Bhabanipur goes to the bypoll on September 30. The seat was vacated by Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who resigned as an MLA. Mamata Banerjee is contesting the bypoll at Bhabanipur as she must become an MLA within six months after taking oath as the chief minister.