"We had condemned the Babri Masjid demolition and do not support riots. Those who create riots reap political benefits. This day reminds us that there should be no riots, but peace", Banerjee said while addressing a huge rally of Trinamool Congress activists near the Gandhi statue here.
"We observe December 6 as national Integration Day every year. I have seen the ugly face of riots in the post-Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. I had been on the streets of Kolkata day and night to stand beside the affected. Many had died, but those who engineered the riots were sleeping. "When I went to Loreto School at Sealdah to provide food to the affected, I met Mother Teresa there," she said.
This is the first time that Banerjee addressed a rally on December 6
Banerjee said when the riots broke out in 1992, she had gone to the then chief minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu. "I went to Jyoti Basu (then Chief Minister) when Buddhababu (former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) was present and asked them if any help was needed. None of them were on the streets (that time)".
"There are some bad people who are at work to create disharmony. The state government would not allow to foment riots. A life lost, is lost forever". she said while addressing the rally, which was attended by several ministers and party MPs and legislators. The Left parties have also been observing December 6 as Anti-communal Day since 1993 to condemn the demolition and to spread the message of communal harmony.