Swami Vivekananda is yet one more Bengal icon who acquired dragged into the political battle between the BJP and ruling Trinamool Congress.
His 159th delivery anniversary started amiably sufficient with leaders of rival political events streaming into the Swami’s ancestral house in Central Kolkata to pay tributes.
But then Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the event and whereas he might haven’t been the supposed goal of a tag assault, Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, hit again.
“One of the worst enemies of democracy is political dynastic rule,” the Prime Minister mentioned in his televised tackle to the nation on the event of the delivery anniversary. “It is a challenge that needs to be uprooted from the country. Those who win elections only on the strength of their surname, their days are numbered. But the disease of dynasty politics has not ended. Even now there are people, whose aim is to protect their family in the political field.”
“This political dynasty in a democracy is a danger and paralyses the country. Political dynasts put ‘me’ and ‘my family’ first instead of the nation. It is also a big reason for political and social corruption,” PM Modi mentioned.
While main a march in south Kolkata as tribute to Swami Vivekananda, Abhishek Banerjee ensured there have been no get together flags on show. But on the finish of it on the dais at Hazra More, he launched a blistering assault on the BJP and the Prime Minister.
“The BJP has no right to display photos of Swami Vivekananda and hold a march. They have no right to take his name,” Mr Banerjee mentioned. “The kind of atmosphere the ruling party (BJP) has created in the country of hate and communalism only for their political gain is shameful.”
“Last year on 24th February, they got Donald Trump to Ahmedabad and he couldn’t pronounce Swami Vivekananda’s name. He said ‘Viveka Mundan’. And,” Mr Banerjee mentioned, referring to the prime minister, “the person who claims to be the most important champion of Hindu dharma was sitting beside him and clapping. Nothing may very well be extra shameful.”
“Did you see a single BJP leader standing up and protesting that day? The Prime Minister should have snatched the mic from Donald Trump and told him how to pronounce this swami’s name but he sat and clapped,” Mr Banerjee mentioned.
“Here, the BJP leaders are praising Modi because he got Trump to India but Trump is now gone — there are a few small fries left. We will tackle them politically.”
The BJP, in its Bengal marketing campaign, has constantly referred to Abhishek Banerjee as ‘bhaipo‘ or ‘bhatija’ or nephew. At a rally, the BJP accused Mamata Banerjee of attempting to make him the chief minister of Bengal.
Abhishek Banerjee additionally attacked the BJP for constructing a Rs 3,500 crore statue of Sardar Patel however by no means contemplating a Subhash Chandra Bose or Vivekananda statue in Kolkata. “I have no complaints about that but Bengal will remember,” Mr Banerjee mentioned.
None of the political guests who got here singly or in massive teams to Swami Vivekanand’s ancestral home carried any political flag.
Top BJP leaders marched from Shyambazar to the Swami’s home adopted by many supporters waving small saffron triangles with ‘Om’ written on them.
But Trinamool chief, Dr Shashi Panja, was aghast. “Even in the morning I saw a huge number of people there, and also slogans. It was as if they were trying to capture Vivekanand, capture his legacy,” she mentioned, including, “Where were they last year?”
BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta countered: “Vivekananda has always been very very central to the BJP and everybody knows that. The Trinamool is willfully trying to shift the goal post from a debate on its administration on its record in the past 10 years into a culture war.”
Indeed, the tradition battle has been raging since Amit Shah went to Bankura in November and paid floral tribute to a statue that was mistaken for the tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda. During Mr Shah’s December go to to Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s abode of peace, controversy erupted over a BJP tweet that mentioned Tagore was born at Shantiniketan. Tagore in actual fact was born in Kolkata.
On 23rd January, the nation will start the celebration of the 125th delivery anniversary of Neta-ji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister have already arrange rival committees to plan occasions to commemorate the anniversary. Mamata Banerjee is on the Prime Minister’s 85-member panel. But parallel celebrations appear imminent, and Netaji might turn into the subsequent icon to get embroiled within the battle for the Bengal meeting.
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