India celebrating Raksha Bandhan against ‘destructive’ forces: Bengal minister

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Kolkata, Aug 7 (IANS) West Bengal Sports Minister Arup Biswas on Monday said the nation is unitedly celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan against a few destructive forces trying to divide India.

“There are a few destructive powers who are trying to divide India. They are trying to make the people of different communities clash with each other. The people of the entire nation are celebrating Raksha Bandhan against this divisiveness,” Biswas claimed while celebrating the festival with fellow Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the city.

Biswas, who was given rakhis by noted female sportspersons from Bengal including national women’s cricket team member Jhulan Goswami, said celebrations like this are necessary to prevent incidents of discrimination and division among people.

“We are observing the Raksha Bandhan because we all are Indians and there should be no discrimination among us,” he added.

Echoing Biswas, another TMC leader and West Bengal Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pande warned people against the forces that are trying to disrupt the environment of harmony and claimed that people from all religions and communities want to stay together in the state.

“Bengal has always maintained a culture of communal harmony and peace. There are a few powers that are disrupting the atmosphere of harmony in the state. We are warning the people against them. No one should fall into their trap,” Pande said.

“We want to stay together with the people of all religions and communities,” he added.

–IANS

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