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NEW DELHI: A war of words has broken out over West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to speak at a function in Kolkata on Saturday in protest against the singing of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by the audience. While Banerjee harshly criticized the BJP, the latter accused it of pandering to Muslims, who make up 30 percent of the state’s population, before the assembly elections.
Banerjee lashed out at the BJP on Monday, accusing it of insulting Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by raising the slogans ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of the icon’s birth. Banerjee said he had to face taunts and insults in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Victoria Memorial during the main celebration of ‘Parakram Diwas’ on Saturday.
Calling the BJP a group of “outsiders” and “Bharat Jalao Party”, he said it has been continuously insulting Bengal icons, with Netaji being the “latest addition to the list.” “Would you invite someone to your house and then insult that person? Is this the culture of Bengal or our country? I would have had no problem if slogans were raised cheering Netaji. I would have greeted them.” But they did not. that. To make fun of me, they shouted slogans that had no relation to the show. They insulted me in front of the prime minister of the country. This is their (BJP) culture, “the Trinamool head of Congress said at a rally here. She also called those who raised the slogans” religious fanatics “and said they have no idea about Bengal culture. Banerjee declined the Saturday to speak at an official event that Modi attended to observe Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birthday, after the chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’ greeted her.
Wondering why Mamata Banerjee gets angry upon hearing the slogan “Jai Shri Ram”, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had respect for Lord Ram. Citing a letter written by Netaji to his mother, Adhikari said that Bose had praised the Ramayana and Lord Ram. Adhikari, who switched sides from TMC to BJP last month, said the letter was published in a book that is a collection of letters written by Netaji to his mother. He asked why Banerjee “gets angry hearing Jai Shri Ram”. The prime minister, who took part in the celebration of Netaji’s birth anniversary in Kolkata on Saturday, has shown the highest regards to the great freedom fighter, he said. Adhikari, once a trusted aide to Banerjee, claimed that Modi has never differentiated between religions in his development agenda.
Reacting to Banerjee’s accusations of disrespecting the icons, BJP Vice President Jaiprakash Majumdar said it was the CM who insulted Netaji. “The accusations are unfounded. It is she who insulted Netaji and tried to politicize the event. We don’t need lessons from her,” he said.
No one is forced to lift the slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and there is nothing to feel bad about for his singing as it is a greeting, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday. Speaking to a select group of journalists here, Adityanath said: “If someone says Jai Shri Ram, there is nothing to feel bad about because it is a greeting.” “If someone says ‘namaskar’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’, it shows their label,” he said. Responding to questions about Banerjee refusing to speak after the chants, Adityanath said, “We are not forcing anyone to speak it. But if someone says Jai Shri Ram, there is nothing to feel bad about.” The BJP claimed that Banerjee’s reaction reflected his appeasement policy mentality.
The VHP leadership also strongly criticized Banerjee, saying it reflects his “anti-Hindu” mentality and his efforts to appease a particular community. BJP leader and Netaji’s great-nephew, Chandra Kumar Bose, had said there was nothing wrong with the slogan and that Netaji’s birth anniversary should not be mixed up with politics. Congress and the Left Front had backed Banerjee and criticized the BJP for the incident. With elections planned in the state in March-April, the fight between the BJP and Banerjee’s TMC has intensified.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was “too high among us” and that there should be no attempt to “belittle the manufacturer”. In a series of tweets on the microblogging site, Dhankhar warned against any attempt to create a scandal about the great patriot’s legacy. “There can be no room to create noise in the #NetajiSubhasChandraBose legacy. Such attempts will only belittle the creator and be irrelevant.” Netaji prospered from the unity of the country. He is too tall among us … let’s leave any hidden thoughts on this great occasion, “the governor tweeted. Although Dhankhar did not address any particular incident, there was an unexpected turn of events during Netaji’s 125th anniversary celebrations in Victoria Memorial, here where Banerjee was greeted with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as she was about to deliver her speech in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Governor on Saturday.
Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Diamond Harbor TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee while addressing a rally in the Kultali assembly constituency on Sunday said that the slogans ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were deliberately lifted to prevent Mamata Banerjee from speaking his speech. “We are proud that Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that if Netaji is insulted with such slogans during a government function, we will rise up in protest. Bengal will rise up in protest,” said the TMC deputy. “You can sing Jai Shri Ram thousands of times, but in temples, at religious functions, at your home, but not in this way in a government program to commemorate an icon like Netaji,” he said. By not allowing her to give her speech on such a program, they also insulted the people who elected her to the assembly. This reminded people of the vandalism of the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in 2019, he said.
The TMC has expressed regret at the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “reprehensible treatment” inflicted on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by a section of the audience, who raised the slogans “Jai Shri Ram” before her speech. on the anniversary of Netaji’s birth.
State Minister Bratya Basu, during a press meeting in Calcutta, said that the incident reflects the “misogynistic mentality” of certain people. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present on the show, did not utter a single word to condemn the behavior of a section of the audience … This shows that the BJP has no respect for Netaji and has no idea what he represented “. he claimed. The TMC MLA claimed that “a dark fascist force” was trying to seize power in West Bengal, and argued that freedom of expression would be at stake if it succeeded in taking control. “Please do not allow this force to take control of Bengal. It will destroy our freedom of expression. People of different ideologies are free to express their views in Bengal. All of that would come to an end,” Basu said after popular Bengali actress Kaushani Mukhopadhay and East India Film Association President Piya Sengupta joined the ruling camp in the gathering. “An ugly force is now out to strangle the voice of all artists in the country. Director Anurag Kashyap and actor Naseeruddin Shah have already tried it,” he stressed.
Praising Banerjee, TMC MP Mahua Moitra said on Twitter: “I have never been more proud to be part of the Mamatadi team. In an ocean of monkeys, she stands out as the lone lioness.”
Uttar Pradesh Bairia MLA BJP Surendra Singh said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee comes from a “culture of demons” and that her DNA is “flawed”. “There is a defect in Mamata Banerjee’s DNA, and she comes from the culture of demons (Mamata Banerjee ke DNA mein dosh hai, woh raakshashi sanskriti ki hai). No demon can love Lord Ram. Mamata Banerjee is dishonest and evil (Shaitan). Her hatred for Lord Ram is natural, “she told reporters. Singh added that the violence and murder allegedly unleashed by members of Banerjee’s TMC party in West Bengal are proof of his “evil” act. The BJP claimed that Banerjee’s reaction reflected his appeasement policy mentality, while the ruling Trinamool Congress said that no one can teach the lumpen to be worthy.
The VHP leadership harshly criticized West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not delivering her speech at the main ‘Parakram Diwas’ celebration here after ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans saluted her, saying it reflects his “anti-Hindu” mentality and his efforts to appease a particular community. “What Mamata Banerjee did reflects her anti-Hindu mindset and her efforts towards appeasement policy. Lord Ram is the soul of the country. Why does he get angry at the slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’? We don’t understand it,” he said. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Surendra Jain said by international deputy secretary general.
BJP leader and Netaji’s great-nephew, Chandra Kumar Bose, said there is nothing wrong with the slogan and that the anniversary of Netaji’s birth should not be mixed with politics. Congress and the Left Front had backed Banerjee and criticized the BJP for the incident.
BJP Senior Leader Kailash Vijayvargiya claimed that Mamata Banerjee refused to deliver her speech on the anniversary of Netaji’s birth, after being greeted with chants of ‘Jai Sri Ram’, as she wanted to appease a section of the people. . Vijayvargiya, the national secretary general of the saffron party, claimed that the prime minister has only been sensitive to the needs and interests of 30 percent of the state’s more than nine million inhabitants. “Jai Sri Ram is used to greet people. It was chanted when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived, and also when he was leaving the Netaji Research Office. Why did Mamata didi feel insulted? Why did she feel upset at the listen to ‘Jai Sri Ram’? or the chants ‘Bharat mata ki jai’? “he told reporters in Jalpaiguri, where he is scheduled to attend a party program. Stating that Banerjee’s move was aimed at “appeasing 30 percent of voters in the state,” Vijayvargiya, who is also the BJP’s Bengal caretaker, said that “for the remaining 70 percent, it has always been a history of negligence “. Minorities, especially Muslims, make up 30% of the state’s population. “The people of Bengal will give you an adequate response in the next elections,” added the BJP leader.

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