Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee”s announcement of monthly
financial assistance of Rs 1,000 and free housing for over
8,000 Brahmin priests in the state, terming it a “mockery” and
alleged that the existence of Bengali-speaking Hindus is under
threat in present-day Bengal.
Senior state RSS leader Jishnu Basu said if the West
Bengal government was so keen to help the Hindus, then it
should have helped those families who lost their relatives to
“jihadi terror” in different areas.
“The Hindu Brahmins don”t accept ”Daan” (donation),
the Hindu priests and Brahmins are given ”Dakshina”
(honorarium) by the society for the excellent work done by
them. It is not the job of the government (to give them
financial assistance). Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has
written extensively about it in his works,” he said.
“The existence of the Bengali-speaking Hindus is under
threat in present-day Bengal. Such kind of announcement hurt
Hindu sentiments,” Basu, who is Prant-Karyavaha of south
Bengal region, said in a statement.
Under frequent attack by opposition parties for
“minority appeasement”, the chief minister on Monday announced
monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 and free housing for
over 8,000 Hindu priests in the state ahead of the assembly
election, which is likely to be held in April-May next year.
“If the state government is keen to help the Hindus,
then it should assist those scheduled tribe families in Nadia,
who were killed by the Jihadis. The state should help those
families who have lost their near and dear ones to Jihadi
terror. The Hindus will be happier if the state government
help those families. Such mockery of Hindus pains us,” he
In 2012, the state government faced intense criticism
for announcing a similar monthly allowance for imams and
muezzins. It was later routed through the state Wakf Board
after Calcutta High Court said it was unconstitutional and
against the public interest. PTI PNT
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