Blaming Trinamool Congress for vandalising bust of Vidyasagar in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to build a grand statue at the same spot of the 19th century philosopher and reformer.
Addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, Modi alleged, “Some months back during my rally in West Medinipur, TMC goons indulged in hooliganism. After this in Thakurnagar the situation was such that I had to cut short my speech and was forced to leave the stage.”
“We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalizedIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar’s vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot,” the prime minister added.
He also targetted BSP chief Mayawati for extending support to Mamata Banerjee, as the prime minister said he had thought the way Mamata is targeting UP-Bihar Purvanchal people, calling them outsiders for her politics, Mayawati was expected to slam Mamata. But it did not happen.
On Tuesday during a mega road show of BJP president Amit Shah, Kolkata witnessed massive violence leading to destruction of a bust of Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
As revered as Swami Vivekananda by Bengalis, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is the 19th century polymath reformer who modernised and simplified the Bengali alphabet and propagated widow remarriage.
Following the violence the Election Commission of India imposed article 324 of Indian Constituency, which ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 PM on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline.