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BJP insulted Netaji, Bengal: Mamata on ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants at Victoria Memorial event

Sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Mamata refused to speak at the Netaji birth anniversary event after slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were raised.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 25, 2021 10:28:15 pm
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Victoria Memorial event on Saturday. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday lashed out at the BJP over her alleged insult at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary event on Saturday, and said the saffron party has insulted both Netaji and Bengal.

Sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Mamata refused to speak at the event after slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were raised.

“Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is not a leader of Bengal only, he is everyone’s leader –– leader of the country, world. I went to his event… They had such audacity… Some bigots were teasing me in front of the Prime Minister (at Victoria Memorial on Jan 23),” she said while speaking at a public meeting in Pursura in Bengal’s Hoogly district.

“They don’t know me. If someone asks me to do the dishes in their home, I will happily say yes to that because that’s women’s job, men’s job too, and I love doing household chores. But if you wield a gun at me, I will answer that with politics. Because I don’t believe in guns, I believe in politics,” she added.

“As I said, I am grateful that you (PM) came. I would have saluted you had there been “Netaji, Netaji” slogan. Instead, you insulted Bengal, insulted Netaji.”

She referred to the incident where BJP President J P Nadda had wrongly stated Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s birthplace as Santiniketan (instead of the original birthplace Jorasanko, Kolkata), and said the party had previously insulted the great bard too. “Before that, you had broken Vivekananda’s statue, garlanded some other statue while honouring Birsa Munda, tortured Dalits across India, and sparked riots in Delhi when people were struck by the pandemic…” she said.

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