West Bengal: Weapons on full display as BJP, TMC hold Ram Navami processions


Weapons were on full display and clashes took place during Ram Navami processions in different places of West Bengal on Sunday. 

Leaders and activists of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP were seen carrying weapons during Ram Navami processions. The two warring camps – the BJP and the TMC- were involved in the celebration of Ram Navami.

Weapons on display during Ram Navami processions

Ram Navami processions did not take place for 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. As soon as it started again this year, display of weapons in full force was witnessed at several Ram Navami processions. Whether it is BJP or Trinamool, the clanking of weapons was heard in a few places during the Ram Navami processions of the two warring parties.

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was seen holding a stick during a Ram Navami procession in Durgapur. 

On the other hand, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Debashis Kumar said, “BJP does ‘Ramnabami’ once a year. And we are with all the pujas throughout the year, doing public relations.”

Trinamool, BJP hold Ram Navami processions at several places

Trinamool and BJP leaders and activists were seen carrying arms at the Ram Navami processions in Bhatpara. Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Priyanku Pandey and BJP MP Arjun Singh led Ram Navami processions for their respective parties.

Chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were also heard during the Ram Navami processions by both BJP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

In Bhatpara, a Ram Navami procession with arms passed in front of Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Burma. In this Ram Navami procession of Bhatpara, children were also seen wielding weapons. Controversy has erupted over how the children got their hands on the weapons.

In Kharagpur, local BJP MLA Hiranmoy Chatterjee was seen wielding a weapon during a Ram Navami ceremony on Sunday. 

“These weapons are not for attack, but to repel attacks,” the BJP MLA said.

A similar situation was witnessed at the Chanchal and Harishchandrapur areas of in Malda district. During the Ram Navami procession of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), weapons were on full display. Similarly, during the Ram Navami procession oprganised by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), several party workers were wielding weapons.

Raju Bisht, a BJP MP from Darjeeling, claimed that ‘Ram Rajya’ or the rule of Lord Ram will be re-established in West Bengal soon after the Ram Navami procession in Siliguri. 

“Soon Ram Rajya will be established in West Bengal. After a while there will be no Trinamool Congress (TMC). Their days are over,” he said.

On the occasion of Ram Navami, a procession from Muralidhar Sen Lane to the Ram Temple on Central Avenue was organized by the RSS workers’ union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. 

Senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha led a Ram Navami procession from Garia to the 8B bus stand in Jadavpur.


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