Ma­mata ac­cuses BJP of try­ing to tar­nish West Ben­gal’s im­age

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West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, on Tues­day, al­leged that at­tempts were be­ing made to de­fame and tar­nish the im­age of West Ben­gal.

Critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, she claimed “a plot was un­der­way to turn the State into Gu­jarat.”

“I re­spect the Gover­nor but ev­ery post has its con­sti­tu­tional limit. Ben­gal is be­ing de­famed. If you want to save Ben­gal and its cul­ture, come to­gether. There is a con­spir­acy to for­get the rich legacy of Ben­gal. A plan is be­ing hatched to turn Ben­gal into Gu­jarat,” she said at an event in the city West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee claimed that at­tempts were be­ing made to un­der­mine the State’s im­age

where she un­veiled a statue of so­cial-re­former Ish­war Chan­dra Vidyasagar. Her gibe at tar­get­ing West Ben­gal Gover­nor Ke­shari Nath Tri­pathi came after the lat­ter met Prime Min­is­ter

Naren­dra Modi and Home Min­is­ter Amit Shah in Delhi.

Tri­pathi met them on Mon­day, a day after the Cen­tre is­sued an ad­vi­sory to the West Ben­gal gov­ern­ment ex­press­ing “deep con­cern” over the deaths of peo­ple in post-poll vi­o­lence. The BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in the re­cently con­cluded Lok Sabha elec­tions, and emerged as the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion to Ban­er­jee’s Tri­namool Congress. Ban­er­jee has since then upped the ante in at­tack­ing the BJP and the Cen­tre.

Inau­gu­rat­ing the bust of Ben­gali so­cial re­former, Ish­war Chan­dra Vidyasagar, at a city col­lege marks one of the ar­eas in which she is at log­ger­heads with the BJP.

The bust was dam­aged 27 days ago dur­ing a rally by BJP party Pres­i­dent Amit Shah. Both TMC and the BJP had ac­cused each other of van­dal­is­ing the statue.

Later, Ban­er­jee while inau­gu­rat­ing ITC’s Royal Ben­gal Ho­tel, re­it­er­ated the charge that the State was “be­ing de­lib­er­ately de­famed”.

Ad­dress­ing in­dus­try cap­tains present at the event, the Chief Min­is­ter claimed Ben­gal was amongst the “most sta­ble States eco­nom­i­cally”.

More­over, the fact that no man were days lost in­di­cate that there is a “sea change in its work cul­ture” and bandhs were a thing of the past.

“Re­mem­ber what the State was 34 years back; and, what it is now. Po­lit­i­cally, you can say any­thing; but fact is eco­nom­i­cally we are one of the most sta­ble States across the coun­try,” she said.

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