Won't allow any attempt to foment riots in state: Mamata Banerjee
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government would not allow any attempt to foment riots in the state and divide communities on religions lines.
"We had condemned the Babri Masjid demolition and do not support riots. Those who create riots reap political benefits. This day reminds us that there should be no riots, but peace", Banerjee said while addressing a huge rally of Trinamool Congress activists near the Gandhi statue in Kolkata.
"We observe December 6 as national Integration Day every year. I have seen the ugly face of riots in the post-Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. I had been on the streets of Kolkata day and night to stand beside the affected.
Many had died, but those who engineered the riots were sleeping.
"When I went to Loreto School at Sealdah to provide food to the affected, I met Mother Teresa there," she said.
Banerjee said when the riots broke out 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)".
"There are some bad people who are at work to create disharmony. The state government would not allow to foment riots. A life lost, is lost forever". she said while addressing the rally, which was attended by several ministers and party MPs and legislators.
The Left parties have also been observing December 6 as Anti-communal Day since 1993 to condemn the demolition and to spread the message of communal harmony.