RSS chief blames Mamata's 'desperation for power' for violence in Bengal

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the political violence, attributing the happenings in the state to her "desperation" for power.

It is the responsibility of the (Mamata) government to act in the interest of the people and implement law and order through strict action, Bhagwat said.

Bhagwat criticised the West Bengal administration for the violence that erupted in the state during the Lok Sabha elections and has continued since then.

"What is happening in West Bengal?" he asked. "Has anything like this ever happened? Action should be taken by the administration," Bhagwat said, at the concluding programme of the third year of training scheduled for RSS volunteers here Sunday night.

Lamenting the political killings in West Bengal, he said those being killed may belong to a certain party, but calling people who protest such kilings as outsiders is wrong.

Banerjee has often blamed "outsiders" for causing trouble in the state.

"Whatever is happening in West Bengal should not happen. It is not happening in other states. If some goons and those with aggressive tendencies are resorting to this, the administration should step in to curb it. It is the duty of the state to implement law and order," Bhagwat said.

"Killings are happening there. Those killed might belong to some party, and the assailants might belong to a party or maybe goons. But to say that outsiders have come to West Bengal and whether they want to live in the state, such language is used," he said.

In an apparent reference to the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Bhagwat said people of the country have reposed faith in the present government for the promises fulfilled by them in the last five years, although some of them still need to fulfilled.

"The Sangh and the society are voters and not contestants. We put in our efforts for 100 per cent voting and we think our efforts are bearing fruits though it may not be 100 per cent," he said.

Bhagwat said people are learning from every election and voting with maturity for the unity and progress of the country.


Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel