West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee embraces Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. -File photo
Mamata Banerjee turned down the earnest request of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi only three months back. She proposed to give electricity instead of water. The Teesta treaty can't see the light for six years for her opposition. Sheikh Hasina is still embarrassed for this.
But Mamata is now perturbed for showing disrespect to Sheikh Hasian. She have wrote a letter to the central government of India informing that if Sheikh Hasina is disrespected, it won't bring good for Indo-Bangla relations.
In context of that letter, local Vishva Hindu Parishad staged a demonstration on July 1 in front of Bangladesh Consulate in Park Circus area of Kolkata. They called this program protesting the repression on Hindus in Bangladesh.
The administration of Mamata Banerjee also gave the permission of the protest. The protesters chanted slogans against Bangladesh. It was alleged that some demonstrators burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Vishva Hindu Parishad also handed over a memorandum to the officials of the consulate alleging the failure of the government of Bangladesh to protect Hindus.
After two weeks of the demonstration, the government of Mamata Banerjee has taken this issue seriously. Mamata demanded to rein Vishva Hindu Parishad for the interest of the Delhi-Dhaka relations.
In a letter sent on July 15 to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from the office of West Bengal CM, Mamata said, "The demonstration staged by Vishva Hindu Parishad that day isn't bearing any positive message at all for the diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh. If Indian government wants Dhaka beside it, the unruly behavior of Sangha Paribar and its members should be restrained."
A senior legislator of Trinamool Congress assigned for working on the foreign policy of the party, said, "Trinamool leader hasn't taken in good way the matter of burning the effigy of Sheikh Hasina by the activists of Parishad. When extreme instability is prevailing in relations with China, such behavior with the prime minister of the friendliest country has demonstrated the utter irresponsibility."
Vishva Hindu Parishad hasn't taken the allegation of Mamata into cognizance. The All India Spokesperson of the organization Binod Bansal said, "Firstly, as we don't run our organization in compliance with the directions of BJP government, it isn't comprehensible what is the meaning of writing to the center to rein us. Secondly, the Parishad isn't ready to hear advices from Mamata Banerjee in regard of developing the relations with Bangladesh."
Parishad sources said Sheikh Hasina is certainly the best friend of India. But she must take the responsibility of the repression on Bangladeshi Hindus as the prime minister. She must take measures to protect Hindus.
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