Knives Out Over Mamata’s RSS ‘Praise’, Critics Say She Wooed Hindutva Group Earlier Too

Last Updated: September 01, 2022, 19:53 IST

Kolkata [Calcutta]India

The sharpest attack came from the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who on Thursday said that in 2003 too, she had called RSS patriots’, (and) in turn Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh had called her Durga.(File Photo-PTI)

The RSS, instead of commenting on her lefthanded praise, pointed to Bengal’s record of political violence and asked for corrective measures

A veritable political `storm in a tea cup’ has arisen over TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee’s assertions on Wednesday that all in the RSS were not bad and there are many who do not support BJP. While the AIMIM, Congress and CPM on Thursday attacked her for what they saw as opportunism on Banerjee’s part, the BJP said it did not need certificates from her. The RSS, instead of commenting on her left-handed praise, pointed to Bengal’s record of political violence and asked for corrective measures. The sharpest attack came from the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who on Thursday said that in 2003 too, she had called RSS patriots’, (and) in turn Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh had called her Durga.

Owaisi, whose party failed to win a single seat including Muslim majority constituencies in Bengal in the last assembly elections where it positioned itself as opposed to both TMC and BJP, said sarcastically hope TMC’s Muslim faces’ praise her for her honesty and consistency. The TMC, however, tried to make light of Owaisi’s remark and said the party doesn’t need to prove its secular credentials to him.

“We don’t need to prove anything to Owaisi. Mamata Banerjee has tried to say that every organisation has good and bad people. We don’t need to prove our secular credentials to anyone after we defeated the BJP-RSS juggernaut in the last assembly polls,” TMC MP Sougata Roy said. However, besides AIMIM, a host of bigger parties joined the fray in taking on Mamata’s `praise’ for the RSS.

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