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January 5, 2015

Trinamool condemns the politics of hate and violence

Trinamool condemns the politics of hate and violence

Subrata Mukherjee, Derek O’Brien and Partha Chatterjee addressed a press conference at Trinamool Bhavan. Here is what they said:

Statement by Subrata Mukherjee

  • We condemn this incident which is tarnishing the political atmosphere.
  • Official investigation will be done.
  • The Opposition is indulging in suicidal political acts.
  • We will fight them politically, we are a secular party.
  • We want unbiased investigation and the public to know everything.
  • Communal politics have started across India after the change of regime at Centre. We will counter them politically.
  • West Bengal had no precedent of this kind of activities. This is highly condemnable.
  • Mamata Banerjee has a long history of struggle. Her party cannot be defeated with incidents like this.
  • We ask our party workers not to retaliate in the same way like the fanatic person. We have to fight politically.
  • We ask all the people of Bengal to be united in this fight against politics of hate and violence. We are a secular party.
  • We have seen news reports that the perpetrator of yesterday’s incident was a religious fanatic.


Statement by Partha Chatterjee

  • We will protest against this act without causing disruption on rail and road.
  • People from across all districts in Bengal are protesting against yesterday’s incident.
  • There will be protest rallies against the cowardly attack on Abhishek Banerjee without disrupting public life.


Statement by Derek O’Brien

  • It was not only a disgrace to politics but also a disgrace to the nation because a young man in his early innings of his political career someone tried to stop what he was trying to do in a clear, honest, transparent way.
  • There is a pattern emerging in the last 6-7 months. Parties which talk about Digital India are creating Divisive India.
  • They are trying to create a Destructive India. This can never happen in Bengal.
  • For years and centuries people from all communities – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains – have lived in harmony in Bengal.
  • Trinamool stands for tolerance. Trinamool Congress stands for communal harmony. Trinamool stands for decency in politics.
  • We believe, Sare Jahaan Se Achhe, Hindustan Humara.
  • Our senior leaders have called for restraint. Our young MP Abhishek has also asked for restraint on social media.
  • On a personal level, Abhishek Banerjee has also forgiven the perpetrator of yesterday’s incident.