Kolkata, November 03: Rajasthan-Bengal Maitri Paishad inaugurated on Monday. Narayan Jain, a member of the state minority commission and co-convenor of the meeting said the organisation to be a non-political one. Eminent persons of the both community was present at the occassion.
“The parishad is an important step towards improving relations between Rajasthani and Bengali communities. Rajasthanis residing in Bengal are equally contributing in the development of West Bengal,” said Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.The chief minister condemned the incidents of animosity between Biharis and Marathis and said that every Indian citizen has the right to live anywhere within the country. “It is the cultural tradition of West Bengal that people of all communities live in harmony and such incidents are unthinkable in the state,” Bhattacharjee added.
Left Front chairman Biman Basu also lauded the formation of the parishad. The inauguration was attended by guests like MP Mohd. Salim, MP Sudhanshu Seal, MP Prashanta Chatterjee, CPI(M) state secretary of Rajasthan Basudeo and CPI(M) West Bengal state committee member Rabin Deb.
“The object behind the formation of this parishad is to strengthen relations, exchange and promote culture of both the states,” said MP Hannan Mollah, key-organiser and convener of the parishad. Rajasthan Bengal Maitri Paishad will not only help in promoting business activities between both the states, but also aims to promote tourism, socio-cultural activities, education and vocational training.
Mollah said, “We have seen people from other states facing problems in Maharashtra and Assam. Even people from West Bengal sometimes have to face problems in other states, as they are branded as Bangladeshis.” A similar gathering of the parishad is planned in Jaipur after the Assembly elections.