Bharat Sevashram Sangha nationwide secretary Swami Biswatmananda Maharaj on Tuesday stated the general public will protest West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s feedback in opposition to them and shortly give its verdict. He stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi has additionally registered his protest and stood by the monastic order.

His feedback got here a day after Swami Pradiptananda Maharaj, also referred to as Kartik Maharaj, introduced he had despatched a authorized discover to Banerjee, demanding an apology for her allegedly defamatory remarks in regards to the organisation. Swami Biswatmananda, also referred to as Dilip Maharaj, had earlier claimed he was unaware of the difficulty.

“The general public will protest; the general public will give its verdict. We don’t should say a lot as even the prime minister has stood by us, he even messaged me yesterday,” the monk stated, when requested for his response on Banerjee’s remarks that they have been working as per directions of the BJP.

Sharing a media byte of Swami Biswatmananda’s statements to a Bangla information channel, senior BJP chief Amit Malviya stated the nation will protest the chief minister’s “rabid” feedback in opposition to Hindu organisations like ISKCON, Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) and Ramakrishna Mission (RKM). He even invoked the Bhagavad Gita, referring to Prime Minister Modi’s help for the monks by way of using some verses.

“(To guard the Sadhus, destroy the Evil Forces, and set up Dharma, I are available each Yuga)…” he wrote in a publish on X, previously Twitter.

He added: “Swami Biswatmananda (Dilip Maharaj), Common Secretary of Bharat Sevashram Sangh says that your complete nation will protest Mamata Banerjee’s rabid feedback in opposition to Hindu organisations like ISKCON, Bharat Sevashram and Ramakrishna Mission. He appreciates Prime Minister Modi for standing in addition to them, together with the countrymen.”

On Monday (Might 20), the PM and Banerjee engaged in a heated alternate over her remarks in opposition to Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha, with Modi accusing the Trinamool Congress of threatening monks for vote financial institution politics and Banerjee clarifying that her criticism was directed at sure people, not the establishments.

Addressing an election rally in Jhargram, PM Modi condemned the vandalism at Ramakrishna Mission ashram in Jalpaiguri on Sunday evening (Might 19) and accused the TMC regime of instigating violence in opposition to monks to appease their vote financial institution.

“It’s shameful that the TMC has taken up the onus of injuring the spiritual religion of Hindus in Bengal. The CM is threatening the Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Ashram monks. On Sunday, Ramakrishna Mission ashram in Jalpaiguri was attacked. The folks of Bengal is not going to tolerate this,” he stated.

His remarks adopted the vandalism incident, the place miscreants stormed the RKM ashram premises in Jalpaiguri, threatening monks and different workers at gunpoint. “Round 10 armed youths barged into our ashram at 3 am, went to the primary ground and threatened the eight folks current there – together with senior monks – at gunpoint to go away the premises,” an ashram official stated.

The attackers then vandalised the premises, breaking CCTV cameras and locking the primary gate earlier than fleeing. Police later rescued the stranded monks and workers. An ashram official advised {that a} native land mafia was behind the incident, which was reportedly a property dispute difficulty. The monks have lodged a criticism at Bhaktinagar police station in opposition to an area thug and his associates.

Political tensions have intensified as each the BJP and TMC used the event to galvanise their help bases in the course of the elections, with the BJP portraying the assault as a part of a broader sample of spiritual intolerance below the TMC and Banerjee defending her dedication to non secular and philanthropic establishments whereas denouncing political meddling by sure people.

Banerjee, talking at rallies in Onda and Panskura earlier, praised the RKM and BSS for his or her philanthropic work and stated her criticism was directed at particular individuals. “I’m not in opposition to the Ramakrishna Mission, why ought to I be in opposition to an establishment or insult it?” she requested, including, “I’ve spoken about one or two individuals.”

She recounted her previous help for the RKM, highlighting how she saved Swami Vivekananda’s home in Kolkata from being offered and secured the home the place Sister Nivedita stayed in Darjeeling. She additionally talked about the development of a skywalk to Dakshineswar temple from the Metro railway station.

The CM singled out Kartik Maharaj of the BSS, accusing him of political actions and instigating clashes in Rejinagar. “If he needs to canvass for BJP, he can, however ought to do it carrying its badge,” she stated, alleging that he was beforehand aligned with Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

Claiming that the BSS monk from Murshidabad district was working for the BJP, she accused him of instigating folks when clashes between two teams occurred at Rejinagar a couple of weeks in the past. “I had spoken about Kartik Maharaj, he didn’t enable Trinamool Congress agent to sit down (at a polling sales space) in Rejinagar,” she added.

(With PTI inputs)

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