An article in a Bengali magazine linked to RSS sowed a hornet’s nest claiming that the BJP and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee share the dream of “Congress-mukt Bharat” (India without Congress).
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While the BJP distanced itself from the article by Swastika Calling it “baseless” and far from the official party position, the Trinamool Congress also denied allegations of “an understanding with the saffron camp” but Congress said the “cat is now out of the bag” .
The article titled ‘Keno itihas muchte chaichen Mamata? Shilpo agroho na Sonia khotom? ‘ (Why does Mamata want to erase history? To attract investment or to destroy Sonia?) Was written by Nirmalya Mukhopadhyay and published in the December 13 issue of the magazine.
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He spoke of the TMC chairman’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, and said the two share the dream of an “India without Congress”.
“It is clear from her shifting stance that this is not the same Mamata Banerjee. Narendra Modi’s dream is India without Congress. I think Mamata now also believes in the same dream. That’s why she is trying to erase the story to sell this dream, ”the author wrote.
The writer also wondered what “political calculation” Ms. Banerjee had in mind to bring her “known enemies and rivals” closer to her.
Repeated appeals to Tilak Ranjan Bera, editor-in-chief of the magazine, went unanswered.
RSS general secretary Jishnu Basu said he had yet to read the article.
“I haven’t read the article yet, so I can’t comment on it. But I don’t know any understanding because the truth is that 62 BJP workers were killed in the post-election violence in West Bengal,” he said. Mr. Basu said. noted.
“Not in tandem with our policies, says RSS”
RSS sources indicated that the magazine is linked to the organization as its editorial and management committee has several people with RSS training.
BJP state spokesman Shamik Bhattacharya called the article “baseless” and said it had nothing to do with the party’s policy or position.
“It has nothing to do with the policy or the position of the BJP. Swastika may be a magazine related to RSS, but many articles are coming out that are not in tandem with our policies and principles,” he said. -he declares.
Top TMC executive Kunal Ghosh called the allegations of a “BJP deal” without merit.
“The allegations of an understanding with the BJP are unfounded. Mamata Banerjee is the face of the strongest opposition against the saffron camp,” said the TMC secretary general of state.
The opposition Congress, however, claimed that the “cat is out of the bag”.
“The secret is now out in the open. For a long time we have been saying that the BJP and TMC have a secret deal and have worked together to destroy Congress. But they will not succeed,” said the congressman. Pradip Bhattacharya. .
The TMC, which is trying to make inroads in other states, has spoken out against Congress for its alleged failure to counter the BJP.
In an escalation of the war of words between the TMC and Congress, Ms. Banerjee’s party claimed last week that it was now the “real Congress”, as the big old “war weary” party had failed in his role as the main opponent of the BJP.
Ties between Congress and TMC were further strained after the ruling West Bengal party, in an article in its spokesperson Jago Bangla, claimed that Banerjee, and not Rahul Gandhi, had become the face of the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.