KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused BJP destroyed the 200-year-old heritage of West Bengal and said that those supporting the party will not be accepted by society.
Blaming the Trinamool Congress for the vandalism, PM Modi promised to build bigger, better statue of Vidyasagar in Bengal. The offer was scornfully rejected by Mamata Banerjee, who pointed out that in its five-year term, the Narendra Modi government was unable to build even a small statue of the Lord Ram, a cause the party is committed to. She also categorically said that Bengal does not beg, the state has enough to build a statue.
Mamata Banerjee's party has contended that only goons from outside Bengal who are oblivious of the state's history and heritage, could be capable of such an act. The BJP, however, claimed the Trinamool had engineered the vandalism, so they could malign it ahead of the last phase of election, in which nine seats in the state, including capital Kolkata, will vote.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, West Bengal CM said the incident was not an isolated one. She wrote, "They vandalised age old statues in Tripura immediately after coming to power in 2018. It was a planned operation in Tripura where bulldozers were brought by BJP.”
She further wrote, "A statue of B R Ambedkar, founding father of Indian Constitution and a legendary leader of the backward classes, was vandalised in Meerut (UP) again under BJP rule in March last year. The Periyar statue in Vellore was suspected to be broken by a worker of the same party.”