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BJP Links Trinamool’s Khela Hobe Divas To Direct Action Day Of 1946



Mamata Banerjee introduced that the Khela Hobe Divas shall be celebrated on August 16 (File)


The BJP’s West Bengal unit Saturday objected to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) authorities’s plan to watch the “Khela Hobe Divas” on August 16, stating that the Muslim League had proclaimed the Direct Action Day on this date in 1946, which led to the killing of a lot of individuals.

The TMC mentioned that its authorities has already introduced it is going to observe the day in reminiscence of the soccer lovers who have been killed throughout a match in Kolkata round 40 years in the past, and alleged that the BJP is making an attempt to unfold hatred across the date.

Like earlier years, the BJP will observe the day as “Paschimbanga Banchao Divas” remembering the contribution of Jana Sangh founder Shyamaprasad Mookerjee to the mixing of Bengal with India, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh informed reporters.

“On August 16, 1946, the water of the Ganga turned crimson because the Muslim League’s Direct Action Day started and the Great Calcutta Killings occurred. It is ironic that Mamata Banerjee provides a name for Khela Hobe Divas on that very date. What khela (sport) does she imply to conduct?” he mentioned.

The Muslim League proclaimed August 16, 1946, because the “Direct Action Day” to press for his or her demand for a separate Muslim-majority nation after the British leaves the Indian subcontinent. A riot started that day and a lot of individuals have been killed in violence often known as the “Great Calcutta Killings”.

“Around 12,500 houses of BJP workers have been vandalised by the Trinamool Congress workers in the past two and half months. It is clear that the TMC activists have already started the game,” Dilip Ghosh mentioned.

Reacting to the state BJP chief’s feedback, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh mentioned that Dilip Ghosh doesn’t know that the sports activities lovers of the state have been observing August 16 as “Krirapremi Divas” for a few years when blood donation camps are organised in reminiscence of the 16 individuals killed throughout the match.

Sixteen spectators have been killed in a stampede and riot throughout a Calcutta Football League match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan golf equipment within the Eden Gardens on August 16, 1980.

“Mamata Banerjee solely gave extra recognition to this present day by declaring it because the ‘Khela Hobe Divas‘ when one lakh high-quality footballs made within the state shall be distributed,” the TMC chief mentioned.

The BJP’s agenda of “creating a rift and spreading hatred” on the choice of August 16 will not succeed, he mentioned.

The “Kela Hobe” slogan of the TMC had grow to be immensely in style throughout the high-octane campaigning for the Assembly elections held earlier this 12 months.

Earlier this week, BJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta tweeted: “Interesting @MamataOfficial has declared August 16 as “Khela Hobe Divas“. It is the day the Muslim League launched its Direct Action Day & began the Great Calcutta Killings in 1946. In today’s West Bengal, “Khela Hobe” has come to symbolise a wave of terror attacks on opponents.”

Without naming anybody, TMC chief and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday mentioned that the state authorities will observe the “Khela Hobe Divas” on August 16 in reminiscence of the soccer lovers who have been killed round 40 years in the past and people distorting its significance don’t perceive the worth of sports activities.

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