Rly adv on Mamata draws flak from CPI (M), BJP
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 22:12
Kolkata: A Railway advertisement showing Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee offering namaz with Islamic motifs in the background drew flak today from CPI (M) and BJP which described it as a desperate move to woo minority votes ahead of the assembly elections in West Bengal.

Stating that the advertisement did not augur well for the Railways in view of the country's secular fabric, CPI (M) central committee member Md Selim said "in our secular setup, government departments have to be spared religious purposes.

"Using the Railways for this purpose is not only unethical but against constitutional propriety," he said.

"This is a dangerous move to mix religion with politics. Our party CPI (M) is totally opposed to it," Selim said.

"There should be no objection if an individual is projected in that manner but we find no reason why a government department is used for such a purpose," Selim said.

The CPI (M) leader alleged the Trinamool chief had often played the religion card to suit her political purpose.

State BJP President Rahul Sinha alleged it was a blatant misuse of the Railways by the minister herself "who does not spare the government department to project her political mission."

He charged Banerjee's photograph showing her offering namaz was an insult to Islam and said "no non-Muslim can offer namaz unless converted to Islam."

He alleged it was nothing new for Trinamool Congress "which shared the dais with Muslim clerics to woo minority votes."

The advertisement was published in dailies here by the Eastern Railway on the occasion of laying of the foundation for a double line from Princep ghat station to Tala station on September nine.


First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 22:12

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