Referring to the attackers in the tweet as ‘a few outsiders’, the Chief Minister brought them back in the context of the incident.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Saturday on the occasion of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bicentennial. At the same time, she reminded about the incident where the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was smashed inside Vidyasagar College last year. Referring to the attackers in the tweet as ‘a few outsiders’, the Chief Minister brought them back in the context of the incident.
Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Tribute to Vidyasagar, the pioneer of Bengali language, the creator of caste identity, on his bicentennial. Dayar Sagar has fought against the introduction of lifelong widow marriage and prevention of child marriage. Vidyasagar is the pride of Bengal. He inspires us to move forward even in the present time. In 2019, some foreigners broke the statue of Vidyasagar. It reveals the attackers’ attempt to destroy the heritage and glory of Bengal. Vidyasagar’s thoughts and ideology will always be associated with our values.
Remembering great social reformer & educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on his 200th birth anniversary. He was a pioneer for Bangla language & drafted primer Barnaparichay. Also known as 'Dayar Sagar', he fought for widow remarriage, banning child marriage & polygamy. (1/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 26, 2020
During the May 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a thunderstorm broke out in Kolkata during a road show by the then BJP all-India president Amit Shah. Entering Vidyasagar College, some miscreants smashed the bust of Vidyasagar. The Trinamool and Gerua camps blamed each other for the incident. In today’s tweet, it is like the political circles that the Chief Minister has spoken of the BJP as ‘external’. Because before this, in various meetings and rallies, she has mentioned Gerua Shibir as ‘outsider’ in the state.
Protesting against the demolition of the statue in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to erect a huge statue of Vidyasagar at the same place of the college. But within a month of that incident, the Chief Minister unveiled a new bust of Vidyasagar at the exact spot of the college. Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also tweeted on Saturday paying homage to Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. He also referred to Vidyasagar in his tweet as “one of the best reformers of all time”.