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Condemning incidents of encroaching on freedom of individuals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said no political gain can be achieved by creating instability and such elements don’t want development of the country.
“What a person should eat or what he should wear, what he should sing…are all matters of his freedom, independent choice. Everyone in this country has the equal right to profess things of his choice,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters at the city airport here.
Replying to queries on incidents of creating disturbance and encroaching upon individual freedom, Ms. Banerjee said she condemned them. The concept of ‘Bharat’ remained within unity in diversity and that was the country’s core strength, she said.
Asserting that West Bengal always stood for unity and amity among all sections of people, Ms. Banerjee said: “If anyone is trying to foment trouble (in the country) that is not the right thing.”
Hinting those who rake up such issues don’t want development of the country, Ms. Banerjee said: “Had there been the issue of development before them (such elements), they won’t have resorted to such tactics.”
Ms. Banerjee left for North Bengal for a slew of programmes in the next three days.
She would be attending a meeting at Jaigaon, on Indo-Bhutan border on November 3. She said a big delegation from Bhutan, including ministers, would be participating.
Besides there will be meetings at Coochbehar, Dooars, Terai, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Mal where public projects will be discussed, she said.
Stressing that she believed in regularly monitoring projects in North Bengal, Ms. Banerjee said: “I do hold meetings in every three or four months in different places of North Bengal. My programmes will start from today itself after we reach Bagdogra airport near Siliguri.”
From: The Hindu