Swami Vivekananda is yet another Bengal icon who was dragged into a political fight between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Her 159th birth anniversary with leaders of rival political parties began well enough to pay homage to Swamy’s ancestral home in central Kolkata.
But the then Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the occasion and came back when he did not target a tag attack, Trinamool MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.
“One of the worst enemies of democracy is political dynastic rule,” the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation on the occasion of the birth anniversary. “This is a challenge that needs to be uprooted from the country. Those who win elections only on the basis of their surname are numbered. But dynastic politics is not over. There are still people, whose aim is political To protect his family in the area. “
PM Modi said, “This political dynasty is a threat in democracy and paralyzes the country. Political dynasties put ‘me’ and ‘my family’ first instead of nation. This is a major cause of political and social corruption. is also.”
Leading a march in South Kolkata as a tribute to Swami Vivekananda, Abhishek Banerjee ensured that there were no party flags on display. But at the end of it, in Hajra More, he made a scathing attack on the BJP and the Prime Minister.
Mr. Banerjee said, “BJP has no right to display pictures of Swami Vivekananda and take out marches. They have no right to take his name.” “The kind of atmosphere created by the ruling party (BJP) in the country is shameful only for hatred and communalism for its political gains.”
“On February 24 last year, he received Donald Trump in Ahmedabad and could not pronounce the name of Swami Vivekananda. He called Viveka Mundan. And,” Mr. Banerjee said referring to the Prime Minister, “the man who is the greatest. Claims. The champions of Hinduism were sitting near him clapping. Nothing could be more embarrassing than this. “
Mr. Banerjee said, “Did you see any BJP leader standing and protesting that day? The Prime Minister should have snatched the mic from Donald Trump and told him how to name this Swami, but he sat down and Clapped. ” Here, BJP leaders are praising Modi because he has found Trump in India but Trump is gone now – some small fries left. We will deal with them politically. ‘
BJP has consistently mentioned Abhishek Banerjee in his Bengal campaign. ‘Bhavo‘Or is ‘nephew’ Or nephew. At a rally, the BJP accused Mamata Banerjee of trying to make her the Chief Minister of Bengal.
Abhishek Banerjee also attacked the BJP for making a Rs 3,500-crore statue of Sardar Patel, but never considered a statue of Subhash Chandra Bose or Vivekananda in Kolkata. Mr. Banerjee said, “I have no complaints about it but Bengal will remember it.”
No political visitor who came alone or in large groups in Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral home raised any political flag.
Top BJP leaders marched from Shyambazar to Swami’s house, after which many supporters waved small saffron triangles with ‘Om’ written on them.
But Trinamool leader Drs. Shashi Panja agreed. “Even in the morning I saw a large number of people, and also shouted slogans. It was as if they were trying to capture Vivekananda, his legacy,” he said, “Where were they last year?”
BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta said: “Vivekananda has always been very central to the BJP and everyone knows. Trinamool wills to move the target post from a debate on its administration to a culture war on its record in the last 10 years Trying out. “
In fact, a culture war has erupted since Amit Shah visited Bankura in November and laid a wreath on the erratic statue of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda. During Mr. Shah’s December visit to Santiniketan, controversy erupted over a BJP tweet by Rabindranath Tagore’s Shanti Niwas, stating that Tagore was born in Santiniketan. Tagore was actually born in Kolkata.
On 23 January, the nation will begin celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister have formed rival committees to plan events to commemorate the anniversary. Mamta Banerjee is included in the 85-member panel of the Prime Minister. But parallel celebrations seem imminent and Netaji could become the next icon to join the battle of Bengal Assembly.