Darjeeling: “There are some people who have come out brandishing maces and swords to ask for votes. Whose heads will you crack with the maces? Whose throats will you slash?” questioned Mamata Banerjee on Saturday. The TMC supremo ended her 10-day-long campaign trail in North Bengal with a rally at the Baghajatin Park in Siliguri. Addressing a mammoth gathering, Banerjee stated that a political party has imported a new religion that is poles apart from the culture and tradition of Bengal and of India. This is being used to suppress others. This is not religion, it is fascism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Religion is not about discrimination nor is it war. Religion teaches us humanity, it teaches us tolerance. Recently, there is a new religion being taught by a group of intolerant bigots. They have created a new religion which is disintegrating and blemishing our society. Just by sporting saffron, one does not become a saint. The colour saffron stands for sacrifice. It is about integrity,” retorted Mamata Banerjee. “BJP, you are answerable. You have to be accountable. Don’t do politics with religion. Don’t try to hide behind religion. Don’t be escapists. The TMC does not have to use religion as a poll plank. We have never done that,” stated Banerjee. The Chief Minister’s oblique remarks were directed at BJP on the day when the saffron brigade took out rallies on the occasion of Ram Navami sporting weapons. Even Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP president was seen brandishing a mace and a sword in one such rally. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe TMC supremo also appealed to the masses not to vote for the CPI(M) and Congress in Bengal. “They are a spent force here and will not be able to achieve anything. Votes should not be split. The party in power in a particular region should be supported with the main aim of ousting the BJP from Delhi,” stated Banerjee. She stated that despite being a national party, the TMC has not fielded candidates where other regional parties are strong. “I ask my CPI(M) and Congress brothers and sisters here, what is the use of voting for the CPI(M) and Congress here in Bengal? Support them where they are strong. Here TMC is strong. Vote for TMC here so that we can win all 42 seats and oust the BJP in Delhi. TMC did not field any candidate in Kerala where the Left is strong,” explained Banerjee. The TMC chief reiterated that she will not allow the NRC nor the Citizenship Amendment Act to happen in Bengal. “Modiji, respect the Army. Respect their sacrifice. Don’t drag them into politics,” she urged.