|The ﬁrst public meeting of the RSS in Bengal in ‘several decades’ was attended by senior leaders of the RSS and the BJP, in Baruipur municipality on Sunday|
Senior leaders of RSS and BJP hit out at TMC for attacking their supporters
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has conducted its first public meeting in Bengal in ‘several decades’. Nearly ‘4,000 people’ attended the two-hour programme, according to police sources. Senior leaders of the RSS in south Bengal and top BJP functionaries lambasted the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for attacking BJP workers and RSS activists.
Later, in a different context, senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee alleged that ‘right-wing’ forces are ‘disturbing the peace in the State’.
On Sunday evening, the State witnessed a unique event in Baruipur municipality, about 20 km south of Kolkata, in South 24 Paraganas district. The spokesperson of the RSS in south Bengal, Jishnu Basu, confirmed that it was first public event of the RSS in Bengal in ‘several decades’. The activists came in vehicles organised by the Sangh and many locals also walked in. Senior police officers, who were covering the event, do not remember any RSS programme in South 24 Paraganas that went ‘public’ during their ‘20-year-long career’. “I always witness the organisation's programme for the activists,” a senior officer said.
The Prant Sanghchalak or the zonal in-charge of the RSS in south Bengal, Atul Kumar Biswas, accepted that it was unusual for the organisation to go public. “It is a fact that we do not hold such programmes in public,” Mr. Biswas said, and explained why the RSS had to hold a public meeting. “Since last Lok Saha elections, our (BJP and RSS) activists are coming under severe attack. Even the RSS activists are not spared and we have never witnessed such atrocities…some danger is lurking somewhere and so we decided to go public,” Mr. Biswas said. He, however, did not name the TMC.