New Delhi, Jul 13 : Countering the BJP charges that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was indulging in appeasement of Muslims, Trinamool Congress MPs Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty have said ‘Mamata Didi’ was trying to bring equality among all religions.
‘’ They (opposition in Bengal) are after Didi, and even named her as Mamata Begum and Mamata Khatoon. She is trying to bring equality among all religions. Why don't people see that she visits temples and Hindu poojas regularly? Why don't they see that Didi leaves home every morning after performing Chandi (goddess) prayers?"the Trinamool MPs said on the show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ on India TV .
On Mamata Banerjee shouting at protesters shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans, Nusrat Jahan said: " Taking God's name is not a crime, but when you involve politics and chant God's name with an intention to demean others, then it is wrong. I am saying this from a neutral ground.
Suppose, every morning I wake up and shout 'Allahu Akbar' several times and try to give a political colour to it, people won't accept. One day you too will be fed up and you will shout at me. Those who were protesting should have shown respect to Didi, because she is after all the Chief Minister."
Asked to respond to an Islamic scholar from Bareilly saying that Nusrat Jahan is no more a Muslim since she had married a Jain and had sported 'sindoor' and had worn Hindu marriage bangles, the Trinamool MP replied:" Nobody has the right to snatch away my religion and my faith (imaan). If I am not in direct contact with Allah, then I'm hoping that others too have also no such direct contact. Religion is a matter of faith and my faith is solid (pakka). By sporting 'sindoor' and wearing mangal sutra, I do not lose my faith."
"Islam is my religion, which I have inherited from my father and my family. I have read the Hadees and Holy Qoran. My father taught me that one's religion comes from the heart.
Asked why she wore mangal sutra and sported 'sindoor' while taking oath as an MP in Lok Sabha, Nusrat Jahan said:"I am an Indian first. I respect all religions. I had just married and had come straight to Parliament. I wanted to embrace the best of Indian culture. I never felt even for a moment that I have done anything wrong, by according respect to another religion . I genuinely feel that it is high time that we all start adopting new Indian culture."(UNI)