Babri Masjid should be rebuilt: Mamata Banerjee

PranabPresident Pranab Mukherjee with CM Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal Assembly, on Friday. (IE photo: Partha Paul)

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said her government would not allow any attempt to foment riots in the state and divide communities on religions lines and demanded that Babri Masjid should be rebuilt..

"We had condemned the Babri Masjid demolition. We demand that the Babri Masjid should be rebuilt. We do not support riots. Those who instigate communal violence, do it for vested political interest. This day reminds us that there should be no riots", Mamata said addressing a communal harmony meeting in central Kolkata.

Talking about the effect of the Babri Masjid demolition in Kolkata in 1992, she said, "I have seen the ugly face of riots. I remember the tears of mothers, sisters and our brothers. I remember how the city was burning. I was on the road moving from one corner to another corner of the city. We could not sleep, while those who were responsible for the riots, were sleeping at home."

"When I went to Loreto School at Sealdah to provide food to the affected, I met Mother Teresa there. Only Mother and I were there."

She said when the riots broke out in Kolkata in 1992, "I went to Jyoti Basu (then Chief Minister) when Buddha babu (former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) was present and asked them if any help was needed. None of them were on the streets (that time)."

She said, "There are some bad people who always try to stir communal violence. The state government would never allow any such attempt. We can always compensate any property damage. But we can never return a life, which is lost," she said.

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