West Bengal Education Minister, Dr Partha Chatterjee Thursday accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of imparting arms training, without directly taking any name.
“The administration has definite information that behind the route march and drill by people clad in khaki shorts, arms training is being given. We have also heard Durga Vahinis (of women) are being formed. Communal forces are being encouraged,” Partha Chatterjee, Minister for Education and Parliamentary Affairs said in the Assembly.
He was speaking at a debate on a resolution that his party along with CPM and Congress had moved in the House. The resolution expressed concern over attempts made by communal forces to create disturbances in the state.
Partha Chatterjee, also the secretary general of the TMC, alleged that various organisations are indulging in spreading communalism but the government knows how to tackle them.
“We will not allow any such move. We are dealing with incidents like Burdwan blast in a fair manner. Even NIA said that the state government was moving in the right direction in this regard,” Chatterjee said.
Participating in the debate on the resolution, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said: “Not all Muslims are terrorists. There has been a growing tendency to dub Muslims as terrorists. I am a Muslim and now I think when I go out in the streets, I will have to carry a placard which says 'My name is Firhad Hakim and I am not a terrorist',” he said.
He blamed a particular party aided by a media company for the character assassination. “One party has come to power whose hands are tainted with blood (spilled in) Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar riots,” Hakim said. The House passed the resolution.