Ma­mata plays statue pol­i­tics

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Pooja Me­hta cor­re­spon­[email protected]­ Zee Me­dia News­room

Kolkata: Even as her state was be­set by po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence through the day, West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee on Tues­day un­veiled a statue of Iswar Chan­dra Vidyasagar at the Vidyasagar Col­lege in Kolkata.

At the event, she launched another blis­ter­ing at­tack on the BJP and said, “It doesn’t end at break­ing a statue. Are they try­ing to dis­rupt the cul­ture of Ben­gal? Ben­gal is not Gu­jarat.” She added, “The rally was taken out by the present union Home Min­is­ter Amit Shah. Why did he al­low that van­dal­ism? They have de­stroyed it. We have all the proof. Yet they are ly­ing.”

At the event which was at­tended by a host of politi­cians, in­tel­lec­tu­als and noted artists of the Ben­gali film in­dus­try, Ban­er­jee said, “By van­dal­is­ing the bust of Vidyasagar, his work Barna Parichay can’t be de­stroyed. By crit­i­cis­ing Raja Ram Mo­han Roy, they can’t de­stroy the cul­ture of Ben­gal. Ben­gal is not a toy. You can­not play with it. You can­not do any­thing you want with Ben­gal. It is an at­tack on our his­tory, but they will never suc­ceed.”

Ban­er­jee first of­fered a flo­ral trib­ute to the Vidyasagar bust at the Hare School ground and later walked up to the Vidyasagar Col­lege on foot as a ve­hi­cle then car­ried the bust to the col­lege. There, she placed the bust at the same place where it was when van­dalised by mis­cre­ants on May 14; she later un­veiled the full-size statue of him in­side the col­lege premises.

The CM also an­nounced four more bronze stat­ues — that of Rabindrana­th Tagore, Vidyasagar, Ashutosh Mook­er­jee and Kazi Nazrul Is­lam.


WB Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee gar­lands the statue of Ish­war Chan­dra Vidyasagar at Hare School ground in Kolkata on Tues­day

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