West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday (December 7) said the state, where all communities have long lived in harmony, would "never bow its head before the murderers of Mahatma Gandhi".

Banerjee, while addressing a rally in West Midnapore, slammed the BJP government at the Centre for its "arrogance and indifference" towards the plight of farmers, who are protesting against the newly enacted agriculture laws.

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Mamata Banerjee said, “We don't believe in Bengali-non-Bengali politics. Both are our brothers and sisters. We also don't believe in Hindu-Muslim politics, like the BJP. The state has a long history of all communities living in harmony. The people of the state would never bow their heads before those who murdered Mahatma Gandhi.”

“If goons from outside come to our state and terrorise you, all of you should put up a united fight against them. We believe in peace. We won't allow them to have a free run here. We will never allow outsiders to take control of the state, “ she added.

Pledging her government's support to the farmers' agitation over the new agriculture laws, she said the BJP-led government at the Centre "should no longer continue to remain in power after sacrificing the rights of the farmers". She claimed that the saffron party was trying to malign her government and its welfare programmes.

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Slamming the CPI(M), Banerjee said, "Earlier, the CPI(M)had unleashed a reign of terror in West Midnapore. Several people were killed and were rendered homeless by CPI(M) goons. People didn't dare to come out of their homes then. Janglalmahal is at peace now. The guns of Maoists have fallen silent. CPI(M) goons have switched over to the BJP. Only the colour has changed.”

Exuding confidence of returning to power for the third consecutive time with a bigger mandate, Banerjee said the BJP and the CPI(M) will suffer a severe drubbing in the next assembly polls.