WB-RATH YATRA-MINORITY

BJP trying to create religious divide through rath yatra:
Bengal minister
     Kolkata, Dec 4 (PTI) West Bengal minister and
prominent minority leader Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Tuesday
accused the BJP of trying to flare up communal tension through
its rath yatra programmes in the state scheduled to start this
week.
    Ahead of the parliamentary election next year, the BJP
is organising three rath yatras in West Bengal this month,
which would cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the
state. The first one starts Friday.
    "The BJP's main target is to create a division among
the people on religious line in Bengal. The rath yatras is
being organised to serve that purpose. It should not be
allowed in the state. They want to disturb the harmony in the
state," Chowdhury alleged.
    The president of West Bengal Jamiat-E-Ulama also
claimed that the BJP government at the Centre is anti-Muslim
and anti-dalit.
    "All the steps taken by this government is against the
Muslims. Under this regime, Muslims and dalits have been
lynched," Chowdhury, the minister of state for library and
mass education, said.
    "India is secular country and every community has the
right to perform his religious activities. The BJP does not
have the right to dictate us on what we should do and what we
should not," he said.
    BJP president Amit Shah will kickstart three rath
yatra programmes, the first of which will start from
Coochbehar district in north Bengal on December 7.
    The other two yatras would be from Gangasagar in the
south on December 9 and from the temple town of Tarapith in
Birbhum district on December 14.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend four
rallies during the rath yatras, BJP sources said. PTI PNT
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