TMC's Matua base divided over Citizenship Amendment Bill

Matua community comprising scheduled caste group, who had migrated from Bangladesh during the Partition, has always been important to political parties in Bengal.

Published: 10th December 2019 03:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2019 03:41 PM   |  A+A-

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: A sit-in demonstration in Kolkata organised by Trinamool Congress on Tuesday under the banner of Matua Mahasangha, a structured apex body of the Hindu refugee sect, against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill triggered a division among its followers as the ruling party’s former MP from Bongaon Mamata Bala Thakur, the daughter-in-law of Binapani Devi alias Boro Ma, a matriarch of the religious reformation movement, said she had no idea about the protest event.

"The state food and supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick called me on Sunday evening and asked me to join the demonstration. But I was not told that the protest programme will be organised under the banner of Matua Mahasangha,’’ said Mamata.

Mullick, however, said there was no split among the Matuas who support the ruling party. "She supported our demonstration. She could not join because of her health issues,’’ he said.

A sharp division among the Hindu refugee sect triggered a jolt to Trinamool Congress as it failed to retain the Bongaon constituency in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. BJP’s candidate Shantanu Thakur, Boro Ma’s grandson, bagged victory from the constituency located in India—Bangladesh border region.

Matua community comprising scheduled caste group, who had migrated from Bangladesh during the Partition, has always been important to political parties in Bengal. Since 2009, the Matuas were known to be Trinamool Congress supporters which had fielded members of Boro Ma’s family in elections. However, the family has been divided before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections over its political leanings.

When the participants in the sit-in demonstration event protested against CAB, their counterparts at Thakurnagar, the place where Boro Ma’s house is located and which is known as the headquarters of Matua Mahasangha, alleged that the demonstrators were against the interest of the sect.

"The CAB will address our long-standing demand for citizenship. We welcome the Centre’s decision. Leaders of Matua Mahasangha are now in New Delhi. I doubt the authenticity of the demonstration and identity of those who are claiming to be spokespersons and leaders of Matua Mahasangha," said Nibaran Mandal standing in front of the temple of Harichand Thakur, the founder of Matua sect of Hinduism, at Thakurnagar.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp