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TMC is anti-Dalit: Nadda on row over ‘beggar’ remark

Sujata Mondal Khan, the TMC candidate from Arambagh in Hooghly district, recently equated people from the SC communities with beggars.

BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of being “anti-Dalit” for not yet condemning a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader’s derogatory comment about people from Scheduled Caste (SC) communities.

“Today is Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s 130th birth anniversary. Recently, a TMC leader used a derogatory remark against Dalit brothers that I can’t say here. I am sad to see that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is yet to condemn it. This is nothing but the TMC’s anti-Dalit face,” Nadda said at an event in New Town.

Sujata Mondal Khan, the TMC candidate from Arambagh in Hooghly district, recently equated people from SC communities with beggars.

Later on Wednesday, Nadda asked the people of Bengal to ban Mamata Banerjee from politics by voting for the BJP. “She was banned by the Election Commission (EC) for 24 hours recently. But you can ban her from politics forever by voting for the BJP,” the BJP president said at a public meeting in Purba Bardhaman district.

Nadda lashed out at Mamata Banerjee over what he claimed were “personal attacks” on him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “Can the language that Mamata Banerjee speaks be culture of Bengal? Can the words she used to attack Modi ji and Amit Shah ji and me be the culture of Bengal? Each and every BJP worker is a protector of Bengal’s culture,” he at another meeting in Purba Bardhaman’s Jamalpur area.

The BJP president said that while Modi works for the development of every India, Banerjee was asking people of from a particular religion to unitedly vote for the TMC. Nadda wondered why she was doing it.

“Her anxiety has reached such a point that despite being a chief minister, she is asking people to gherao the CAPF [Central Armed Police Force] jawans,” Nadda added.

Recalling an attack on his convoy last December in South 24 Parganas district, the BJP leader said that despite the “atmosphere of fear” created by the TMC, the people of Bengal were brave enough to give a befitting reply to the TMC. “We are not afraid of such threats and attacks and will give the strongest reply in democratic means,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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