Mahesh BhattBengali Uttar PradeshUttar PradeshUttar PradeshNoted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Wednesday condemned the destruction of Bengali polymath Vidyasagar’s bust during Bharatiya Janata party President Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata.
Bhatt took to his Twitter and wrote, “To attack Pandit Vidyasagar is to attack Bangla language. To begin with, he simplified Bangla for studying through Borno Porichoy.”
On Tuesday evening, clashes broke out between members of the Trinamool Congress students’ union and BJP supporters who participated in Amit Shah’s massive road show in north Kolkata, following which a group of goons allegedly resorted to vandalism inside the Vidyasagar College campus and destroyed a bust of Vidyasagar.
For the uninitiated, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer and philanthropist.
At a press conference, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated, “On Tuesday, TMC goons attacked Amit Shah’s roadshow. This is a dangerous warning for the democracy and is indicates the TMC government’s days are numbered. Like west Bengal, six phases of election have also been held in Uttar Pradesh. All the phases were conducted peacefully. But on the other hand, there was widespread violence reported in West Bengal.”