The Oxford Union debating society postponed the virtual address of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the last second on Wednesday afternoon, citing unexpected issues.
“The request has been made telephonically from the organisers’ end, citing some unforeseen problems, a brief while ago. The program with Oxford Union today stands cancelled,” the state dwelling division tweeted a couple of minutes earlier than the chief minister was alleged to ship the address.
Banerjee would have been the primary Indian lady chief and an administrative head to address the discussion board, in accordance with the Trinamool Congress.
The Oxford Union was based as a debating society within the early nineteenth century. Eminent personalities just like the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa have addressed the union debates.
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Later, the union despatched a letter to Goutam Sanyal, principal secretary to the chief minister.
“I sincerely hope that the Hon’ble Chief Minister will understand, and might honour us with her esteemed presence at the earliest possible convenience to you. With your permission, I will pass your details onto my successor, to whom I hand over this Friday,” Beatrice Barr, president of the OU wrote in her letter to Sanyal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a digital rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit on October 22, which marks the Durga Sasthi, the sixth day of the Durga Puja pageant.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally of BJP karyakartas on October 22. We have received the confirmation. The rally is being organised on the sidelines of a Durga Puja that is being organised (not by the party) in Salt Lake,” mentioned Sayantan Basu, basic secretary of the BJP’s Bengal unit.
A Durga Puja is being organised at EZCC in Salt Lake, through which BJP karyakartas will solely take part. The celebration just isn’t organising any puja on its personal.
A senior BJP chief mentioned that Modi’s address on Durga Sasthi would just about kickstart the celebration’s battle for the essential meeting polls in 2021. The BJP has determined not to mission anybody as its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming polls. Instead the celebration would spotlight the achievements of the Modi authorities to counter the ruling Trinamool Congress within the state.
“With elections coming, our poll battle will pick up once the festive season is over. Protests would continue meanwhile. We are waiting for the Prime Minister’s address as this might also give us some directions,” mentioned a senior chief of the celebration.
Early subsequent week, simply forward of the Durga Puja, BJP president JP Nadda is anticipated to go to North Bengal the place the celebration grew exponentially and had gained seven of the area’s eight Lok Sabha seats in 2019.
After the Durga Puja, Union dwelling minster Amit Shah is probably going to go to south Bengal the place the ruling TMC nonetheless holds its floor.
“While Nadda is expected to visit north Bengal on October 19, Shah is yet to confirm the dates,” mentioned a celebration chief.