Drop Mamata, Bangla outfit urges to Modi


Dhaka: A Hindu outfit on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drop West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from his entourage. The outfit accused Mamata of sheltering Islamist terror outfit. The outfit, Vedanta Shanskriti Moncho, also asked all pro-liberation forces to show black flag to Banerjee if she visits the country.

“We think the (Islamist) militants are carrying out anti-Bangladesh and anti-Indian activities at the indulgence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee…She is yet to open her mouth on the matter though the peace-loving people of both the countries are talking about the issue,” the organisation’s general secretary, Binoy Bhushan Joybhar said.

The outfit urged Modi not to include Banerjee in his entourage during his Dhaka visit from June 6 while it welcomed him. The organisation alleged that operatives of banned Bangladeshi outfits took refuge in West Bengal in the face of intensified security clampdowns and Banerjee continued to shelter them despite Dhaka’s repeated requests against it, endangering peace and sovereignty of both the countries.

Banerjee will visit Dhaka on June 5 and join the Prime Minister who will formally sign the Land Boundary Agreement along with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the next day. She will return on June 6 after the signing of the agreement. Foreign ministry officials here said the Chief Minister would stay in a separate hotel, though the Pan Pacific Sonargoan Hotel has been booked for Modi’s entourage.