Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Bratya Basu criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for linking Rabindranath Tagore to his house state Gujarat, saying “the great Bard” was a common poet.
“Rabindranath Tagore is a ‘viswakavi’ (universal poet). Then why is the Prime Minister so enthused on establishing his (Tagore’s) links with the state of Gujarat. It’s unfair to limit the great bard’s relevance to a particular region,” mentioned Basu.
His feedback got here hours after the Prime Minister addressed the centenary yr celebration of Visva Bharati college in Shantiniketan, West Bengal. The college was based by Tagore.
The TMC chief additionally took a jibe on the Prime Minister when he mentioned that regardless of speaking of India’s acceptance, Modi couldn’t apply the identical, citing examples of cow vigilantism and asking if the PM might take duty for that.
“PM claimed ‘visva’ means universal & is trying to apply that in context of acceptance in India. But can he practice this spirit of acceptance? What about cow vigilantees who beat people to death. Can he take responsibility for their actions as he preaches?” he mentioned.
Tensions between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the TMC are boiling over forward of the essential West Bengal meeting elections scheduled to be held throughout Apri-May subsequent yr. The BJP has been making an attempt very onerous to achieve a powerful foothold within the state’s politics. Many BJP leaders have claimed that the social gathering will defeat TMC in subsequent yr’s Assembly election.
The social gathering gained 19 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats within the 2019 normal elections and have even snatched considered one of TMC’s most distinguished ex-leaders, Suvendu Adhikari. Union house minister and former BJP chief Amit Shah has scheduled a number of marketing campaign rallies within the state within the months main up to the election.