Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday focused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a grand rally in Bolpur in Bengal’s Birbhum district, alleging that Visva-Bharati, Bengal’s solely Central college that Rabindranath Tagore had arrange within the city, has was a centre of dirty politics.
Visva-Bharati is in information for a number of months now for vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty’s makes an attempt to arrange a safety zone across the campus. The authorities hit the headlines final week for accusing Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen of illegally occupying some land.
Banerjee led the most important roadshow Bolpur has witnessed in current historical past in a bid to outdo Union residence minister Amit Shah who led a roadshow in the identical place on December 20. While Shah’s roadshow adopted a 1.5-kilometre route, Banerjee walked for about 4.5 kilometres. The crowd that adopted her was a number of instances greater than what was seen on the BJP occasion.
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“After I was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time (1984) Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister and also the chancellor of Visva-Bharati by default. It was with him that I came to the campus for the first time. When the students asked him during lunch who should be their icon, he pointed at me,” stated Banerjee.
“Do you know why he did that? It is because he had realized the I know the soil of Bengal and love Bengal,” stated the chief minister.
“Today the same Visva-Bharati has become the centre of dirty politics over blind religious faith. I don’t like it at all. I don’t like the fact that walls are being put up. I am saying this clearly. Dirty politics has been imported here and in Bengal. Those importing this hatred do not know the Hindu religion,” stated Banerjee.
“To understand the real Hindu religion they have to understand Tarapith, Kankalitala and Lalateshwari,” stated the chief minister, referring to the state’s most auspicious locations of pilgrimage devoted to goddess Shakti or Kali of their totally different types.
Referring to the social welfare programmes of the state authorities, Banerjee stated, “A lot of dirty politics is going on to divert people’s attention from these. Those who killed Gandhi and defamed Tagore are their (BJP’s) leaders. The vice-chancellor is a marked stooge of the BJP. Didn’t they find any other person for the post. Why are BJP leaders visiting Visva-Bharati so frequently. What business do they have on the campus? I do not do politics on Calcutta University campus.”
“Those who have imported the politics of fake videos and lies, those who are getting outsiders to visit your homes are making false commitments,” stated Banerjee.
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Significantly, folks singer Basudeb Das Baul, who hosted Shah’s lunch at his residence, walked alongside Banerjee on Tuesday and even carried out on the dais. Banerjee took off her scarf and put it round his neck.
BJP hits again
Meanwhile, BJP nationwide secretary Anupam Hazra, who was the TMC’s Bolpur Lok Sabha member earlier than becoming a member of the saffron camp in 2019, alleged that not more than 20,000 individuals seen at Banerjee’s roadshow have been native residents. “It is sad to see the TMC bringing people from other districts and even Jharkhand. They were ferried in trucks and the number plates of the vehicles were removed after they were parked,” stated Hazra who accompanied Shah on December 20.
Anubrata Mondal, the TMC district president who organised the roadshow, dismissed the allegation. “TMC does not need to import supporters like the BJP. We wanted to assemble around 1.5 lakh local people but 4.5 lakh turned up on their own,” stated Mondal.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) charging it for spreading a divisive agenda within the state forward of the meeting elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Banerjee, throughout her deal with at a public assembly in Bolpur, additionally lashed out on the BJP and mentioned that she disliked the feedback made against Visva-Bharati, the college established by Rabindranath Tagore in Birbhum’s Santiniketan.
“Conspiracies are being hatched to destroy the culture of Bengal. Stop politics of violence and divisive politics,” the West Bengal chief minister was quoted as saying by information company ANI. “I don’t like the derogatory remarks being made against Visva-Bharati,” she additionally mentioned.
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A confrontation has damaged out between the BJP and Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) since Union residence minister Amit Shah’s go to to the college which was based by Nobel laureate Tagore in 1921. The Trinamool Congress additionally attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his speech on the digital occasion to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the college.
Banerjee additionally not directly criticised Visva-Bharati chancellor after stories surfaced that the college has written to the West Bengal authorities alleging dozens of land parcels owned by the college have been wrongfully recorded within the identify of personal events, together with Nobel laureate and famous economist Amartya Sen.
“I congratulate those who are associated with this century-old institution. The legacy of Visva-Bharati is not bound by time. Those who are running it now will be here for a few days only. Their days are numbered,” the chief minister was quoted as saying throughout a press convention final week.
The TMC additionally identified that there have been some inaccuracies within the speech given by the prime minister in the course of the centenary celebrations. “I could not understand why there were repeated references to Gujarat when he (Modi) was talking about Tagore. And, some of the things he said were factually wrong. For example, Satyendranath Tagore was not the poet’s eldest brother. Also, it was not from Gujarati women alone that Satyendranath’s wife Gyanadanandini Devi learnt to wear the traditional saree in a different way. She was inspired by Parsi women as well but the Prime Minister will not name Parsees for the same reasons that stop him from mentioning Dalits,” West Bengal minister Bratya Basu mentioned final week.
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The heated debates between the TMC and the BJP are more likely to improve because the state heads in direction of the elections. The Trinamool Congress, which noticed a couple of defections from their ranks in the previous couple of months, have been attacked by the BJP over the implementation of the central schemes and the deaths of its staff within the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that Rabindranath Tagore’s vision for the Visva-Bharati University is the idea for the decision for a independent India, including that the decision was made for the world’s profit too.
“Rabindranath Tagore called for a ‘swadeshi samaj’. He wanted to see self-reliance in agriculture, commerce and business, art, literature etc. Tagore wanted the entire humanity to benefit from India’s spiritual awakening. The vision for a self-reliant India is also a derivative of this sentiment. The call for a self reliant India is for the world’s benefit too,” he stated.
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Speaking on the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal’s Santiniketan, he stated that the college was a venerable supply of fixed vitality to the nation and the concepts originated there have been being carried ahead by the nation within the worldwide sphere.
“India is the only major country which is moving in the right direction to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement,” he stated.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had been additionally current on the occasion.
Visva-Bharati University, based by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, is the oldest Central University within the nation. In May 1951, the college was declared to be a Central University and an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament.