Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said West Bengal is the "only state" which can fight the increasing intolerance and save the country from “divisive” politics of BJP.
She said that under her rule West Bengal can not be silenced by “threat and intimidation” by the BJP.
“The tactics of threat and intimidation cannot silence me. Other states like Bihar, Maharashtra may be silent but Bengal will not stop its fight and protest, whatever be the situation. Only West Bengal can fight against this communal politics and intolerance and save the country,” she said while speaking at a meeting in Kolkata on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
In a veiled reference to 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat, she said, “Butchers are born in slaughter houses, not the philosophers.”
“I am in politics but it does not give me the right to dictate what others will eat or not. This is not the real religion. Religion does not teach us to do politics over it or kill people. Religion means faith, peace, love and brotherhood,” she said.
She also attacked back on the state BJP for calling her a “eunuch”.
“I have been even called a eunuch. I want justice. This is a shame. I may be a very bad person, but I still have the right to lead a respectable life. I want justice from the people,” she added.
(With PTI Inputs)