In Matua Heartland of West Bengal, PM Modi’s Visit to Orakandi Raises Hopes

In Matua Heartland of West Bengal, PM Modi’s Visit to Orakandi Raises Hopes

“We should get citizenship soon, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi going to our holy temple in Orakandi in Bangladesh is also an emotional gesture to us,” a family of Matuas visiting their temple in Thakurnagar in West Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district said on Friday.

Matuas, a sect of Hindu Dalits, have not forgotten Modi’s visit to their temple in Thakurnagar — the town is about 70km from state capital Kolkata — before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when he also met Matua matriarch Baro Ma. In that election, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 18 of the state’s 42 states. In the process, it registered a victory in the Bangaon constituency for the first time; Thakurnagar comes under its purview.

Now, during the 2021 assembly elections, there is enthusiasm in Thakurnagar with Modi visiting the sect’s ancient temple in Bangladesh. Matua community founder Harichandra Thakur disseminated his message from Orakandi, where he was born in 1812.

News Source : News 18

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