A combative and belligerent West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent a strong Id-ul-Fitr, message to her detractors saying “whoever messes with us will be decimated”. On the occasion of Id, Banerjee, greeted a crowd of over 25,000 who had gathered to offer ‘namaz’. “Jo humse takraega wo choor choor ho jaega (whoever messes with us will be decimated). This is our slogan,” she said in an apparent reference to the BJP .
Banerjee has also been critical of BJP’s use of the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’, alleging that the saffron party was mixing religion with politics by repeatedly using the phrase. The chief minister has lost her cool twice in the last few weeks over people chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ at some places in the state while her motorcade was passing through. “Hindus stand for ‘tyaag’ (renunciation), Muslims for ‘imaan’ (integrity), Christians for ‘pyaar’ (love) and Sikhs for ‘balidan’ (sacrifice). This is our beloved Hindustan and we will protect it,” she told the gathering on Wednesday.
“There is nothing to be scared… Sometimes when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh, but they later fade away. Do not be scared, the faster they captured EVMs, the quicker they will go away,” Banerjee added. The TMC supremo has been alleging tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the general elections, and in the run up to it.