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Oxford Union seeks to postpone Mamata program, TMC sniffs ‘political pressure’ | India News

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CALCUTTA: The Oxford Union Debating Society, citing unforeseen “circumstances”, attempted to postpone on Wednesday a virtual speech scheduled by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the last minute, drawing criticism from ruling TMC, who sniffed “the pressure policy of the highest level “on the matter.
Banerjee was to become the Indian chief minister to address the ‘Oxford Union Debate’ at around 2:30 pm, but organizers at around 1.50 pm requested that the program be rescheduled, stating that “sometimes nothing prevails over circumstances. ”
On Twitter, the state Department of the Interior said: “This afternoon, organizers have suddenly sought to postpone and reschedule the program at the last minute!”
“The request has been made by phone from the end of the organizers, citing some unforeseen problems, a while ago. The program with Oxford Union today is canceled.”

TMC’s leadership, enraged by the development, claimed that “political pressure” could have forced the organizers to take up such a call.
“This is unprecedented … A program planned months in advance was canceled a few minutes before the event started. This is not the first time something like this has happened. Also before, its programs in international forums and visits abroad have been canceled at the eleventh hour.
“All kinds of pressure was applied from the highest level to stop Mamata Banerjee’s speech. We condemn that policy,” a senior TMC MP told PTI on condition of anonymity.
In 2018, Banerjee’s program in Chicago to mark Swami Vivekananda’s birthday anniversary, his scheduled visit to China and his address at St Stephen’s College in New Delhi were canceled one after another.
Offering its “sincerest apologies,” The Oxford Union Debating Society said in an email to the government: “Our audience sent a lot of questions and we were all working hard to put together a number of elements. However, sometimes nothing prevails over circumstances; It seems.”
“I sincerely hope that the Honorable Chief Minister understands and can honor us with her esteemed presence as soon as possible for you. With your permission, I will pass your details on to my successor, to whom I deliver this Friday,” the email said.
According to sources from the secretary of state, Banerjee, as the first CM Indian woman in the debate, was expected to speak about the welfare plans launched by her government, such as’ Kanyashree ‘,’ Rupasree ‘,’ Krishak Bandhu ‘and’ Duare Bangla ‘during the address.
He had received the invitation in July, the sources said.
Founded in 1823, The Oxford Union has featured various world leaders and luminaries as speakers, including American Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, physicist Albert Einstein, and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.



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