Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lambasted the BJP-led government at the Centre saying it is only bent on dividing the country and has cancelled public holidays on festivals like Christmas.
Inaugurating the Christmas celebrations at Allen Park in the city’s downtown Park Street area, the TMC supremo condemned the “politics of hatred” pursued by the Narendra Modi government and said, “Last year and earlier also I said, Why Jesus Christ’s birthday will not be declared as a national holiday? You tell me it was there earlier. Why has the BJP government withdrawn that? Everybody has sentiments. What harm have Christians done? This festival is celebrated throughout the world. This time yes there are some problems due to COVID-19 pandemic. We have to wear masks and maintain social distancing.”
Is there secularism in India? I am sorry to say, a typical religious hatred politics is going on. I want to condemn this today. Christmas is a gazetted holiday, as per the National Portal of India, Banerjee further expressed.
Stating that Christmas is a festival for all, Banerjee stated, “In West Bengal, we celebrate Christmas, Durga Puja and Eid with equal gusto.”