Rajat Sharma

Mamata is Playing with Fire

aaj ki baat 16th June West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to appoint a Muslim minister, Firhad Hakim, as the chairman of Tarakeshwar Development Authority has raised the hackles of BJP and other Hindu outfits. These groups say that a Muslim cannot be appointed the head of a body that will look after the affairs of one of the most venerated Hindu temples in West Bengal. Mamata’s argument is that the authority will only look after the development of the area around Tarakeshwar temple. Mamata Banerjee is an experienced politician, and she fully understands the implications of her decisions. The decision to appoint a Muslim minister as the head of a temple area development authority was a calculated one, and this is bound to ignite passions in the minds of Hindu voters. Mamata’s government had earlier prohibited immersion of Durga idols in a particular district. She then slapped a ban on Hanuman Jayanti processions. Mamata Banerjee is trying to send out a message through these decisions. Hindu voters in West Bengal are very much agitated over these decisions. Mamata is, after all, a shrewd politician, and she always takes decisions in a calculated manner, with an eye on vote bank.

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