EVERY­BODY’S MAR­TYR

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The BJP’s West Ben­gal unit may soon ob­serve Mar­tyr’s Day to counter the TMC’s Sha­heed Di­was. Ob­served on July 21, it be­gan as a day to com­mem­o­rate 13 Youth Congress work­ers who died in po­lice fir­ing in 1993 dur­ing a protest march to the Writ­ers’ Build­ing. In re­cent times, it had be­come a plat­form to over­throw the Modi govern­ment. Ex­press­ing strong ob­jec­tion, BJP leader Mukul Roy wanted Sha­heed Di­was to com­mem­o­rate the death of the BJP work­ers who lost their lives at the hands of the TMC. His sug­ges­tion to des­ig­nate July 21 it­self as this day was re­jected by the BJP’s national lead­er­ship. As it is, Roy is seen to have in­tro­duced the TMC brand of pol­i­tics to take on his for­mer party. He has been told that the BJP will find other ways to hon­our the work­ers who died.

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