A week after Union Interior Minister Amit Shah held a mega rally in Bolpur, West Bengal, Chief Minister of State Mamata Banerjee responded on Tuesday with an equally large mass gathering and tour in the city. Trinamool’s head of Congress led a 4-kilometer march before addressing a large gathering. While claiming that her party will retain power by winning the 2021 assembly elections, Mamata launched a frontal attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that lobbied strongly to dethrone her.
Mamata criticized TMC leaders who left her to join the BJP recently, saying the defections will not affect her party’s prospects.
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“You can buy some MLAs, but you can’t buy the Trinamool Congress. The defections will not affect the party at all, as the people are with us.”
Referring to Amit Shah, Mamata said that ‘outsiders’ are coming to Bengal and insulting the philosophy of life of Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam.
“Conspiracies are brewing to destroy the culture of Bengal. I really feel bad when I see efforts being made to pursue communal politics in Visva Bharati,” he said, urging people to stop the politics of violence and divisive tactics.
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“These people are not aware of Bengali icons, but are still commenting on them. BJP All-India President JP Nadda said that Rabindranath was born in Santiniketan. It is an insult to Gurudev as Rabindranath had established Santiniketan 60 years after his birth”. Mamata Banerjee said.
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She went on to label Visva-Bharati Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty as a ‘BJP man’, and claimed that he was planning to destroy the sacred institution’s rich heritage by “importing divisive and communal politics into its campus.”
“Those who do not respect Mahatma Gandhi and other icons of the country are now talking about building ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). Rabindranath Tagore created ‘Sonar Bangla’ several decades ago, all we have to do is protect the site from attack. BJP communal, “Mamat Banerjee said in an apparent reference to Amit Shah’s statement last week.
(With contributions from agencies)