The BJP, which is desperately trying to emerge as a main alternative to the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has decided to observe the Ram Navmi celebrations beginning from Wednesday in a large scale in the state. To counter, the Sagh’s Ram Navmi politics, the Trinammol Congress turned to Hanuman.
The ruling Trinamool has said they will be organising worship of the monkey god to counter the BJP’s aggressive Ram Navmi celebrations. BJP made elaborate preparations to celebrate the festival on an unprecedented grand scale, despite its political opponents’ accusations that the Sangh Parivar was using the celebrations to further its hidden agenda to bring about a communal polarisation.
The TMC’s irrepressible Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal leading the Hanuman worshippers. He has announced on Tuesday that his party men will get involved in a big way in worshiping Hanuman during Ram Navmi celebrations on Wednesday.
There are 127 Bajrangbali (other name for Hanuman) temples in Birbhum district. On Wednesday evening in each of the temples, puja will be held. All our legislators and other party leaders and workers will take part. We will worship Bajrangbali everywhereAnubrata Mondal, TMC Leader
Mondal had acquired the national spotlight during the assembly polls last year for his provocative comments.
Having started the preparations well in advance, the Sangh Parivar has trained selected leaders of BJP, RSS and other outfits to explain to the masses Rama’s importance.
“If Ram Naavami does lead to polarisation, let it be. We will do it,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, himself a veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh propagandist.
Adopting a belligerent stand, Ghosh said the Ram Navmi processions will be taken out throughout the state on Wednesday evening with the participants carrying traditional weapons. “Lord Rama carried bow and arrow. So how can his puja be done with empty hands?” he asked.