In Trinamool’s Attack On BJP, Donald Trump’s “Vivekanand” Gaffe
The BJP has no right to display photos of Swami Vivekananda, Abhishek Banerjee stated (File)
Swami Vivekananda is yet another Bengal icon who got dragged into the political battle in between the BJP and ruling Trinamool Congress.
His 159 th birth anniversary began amiably sufficient with leaders of rival political parties streaming into the Swami’s ancestral home in Central Kolkata to pay tributes.
However then Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the celebration and while he may have not been the desired target of a tag attack, Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, hit back.
” Among the worst opponents of democracy is political dynastic rule,” the Prime Minister said in his televised address to the nation on the occasion of the birth anniversary. “It is a challenge that requires to be rooted out from the country. Those who win elections just on the strength of their surname, their days are numbered. However the disease of dynasty politics has actually not ended. Even now there are individuals, whose goal is to safeguard 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 household’ first rather of the nation. It is likewise a big reason for political and social corruption,” PM Modi stated.
While leading a march in south Kolkata as tribute to Swami Vivekananda, Abhishek Banerjee guaranteed there were no party flags on display screen. But at the end of it on the dais at Hazra More, he introduced a blistering attack on the BJP and the Prime Minister.
” The BJP has no right to display images of Swami Vivekananda and hold a march. They have no right to take his name,” Mr Banerjee said. “The kind of atmosphere the ruling celebration (BJP) has developed in the country of hate and communalism just for their political gain is outrageous.”
” In 2015 on 24 th February, they got Donald Trump to Ahmedabad and he couldn’t pronounce Swami Vivekananda’s name. He stated ‘Viveka Mundan’. And,” Mr Banerjee stated, describing the prime minister, “the man who claims to be the greatest champion of Hindu dharma was sitting beside him and clapping. Absolutely nothing might be more outrageous.”
” Did you see a single BJP leader standing up and protesting that day? The Prime Minister must have taken the mic from Donald Trump and informed him how to pronounce this swami’s name however he sat and clapped,” Mr Banerjee said.
” Here, the BJP leaders are applauding Modi since he got Trump to India but Trump is now gone– there are a couple of little fries left. We will tackle them politically.”
The BJP, in its Bengal campaign, has actually consistently referred to Abhishek Banerjee as ‘ bhaipo‘ or ‘ bhatija’ or nephew. At a rally, the BJP accused Mamata Banerjee of trying to make him the chief minister of Bengal.
Abhishek Banerjee likewise assaulted the BJP for building a Rs 3,500 crore statue of Sardar Patel but never considering a Subhash Chandra Bose or Vivekananda statue in Kolkata. “I have no grievances about that but Bengal will keep in mind,” Mr Banerjee said.
None of the political visitors who came singly or in large groups to Swami Vivekanand’s ancestral house carried any political flag.
Leading BJP leaders marched from Shyambazar to the Swami’s house followed by many advocates waving small saffron triangles with ‘Om’ composed on them.
But Trinamool leader, Dr Shashi Panja, was aghast. “Even in the morning I saw a big number of people there, and also mottos. It was as if they were trying to catch Vivekanand, record his legacy,” she said, including, “Where were they last year?”
BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta countered: “Vivekananda has actually always been extremely very main to the BJP and everyone knows that. The Trinamool is willfully attempting to shift the objective post from a debate on its administration on its record in the past 10 years into a culture war.”
Indeed, the culture war has actually been raging considering that Amit Shah went to Bankura in November and paid floral tribute to a statue that was misinterpreted for the tribal flexibility fighter Birsa Munda. During Mr Shah’s December see to Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s residence of peace, controversy emerged over a BJP tweet that said Tagore was born at Shantiniketan. Tagore in fact was born in Kolkata.
On 23 rd January, the country will begin the celebration of the 125 th birth anniversary of Neta-ji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister have already set up competing committees to plan events to honor the anniversary. Mamata Banerjee is on the Prime Minister’s 85- member panel. But parallel celebrations seem imminent, and Netaji might end up being the next icon to get involved in the fight for the Bengal assembly.
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