Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would build a “grand statue” of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar in Kolkata, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state had enough resources, and that it didn’t need the BJP’s money.
Addressing a rally in Mandirbazar, Mamata said Monday’s incident should not be viewed in isolation as incidents of vandalism was not a new phenomenon for the BJP. She cited incidents in Tripura, Vellore in Tamil Nadu and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh to prove her point.
A bust of the noted social reformer was vandalised in Vidyasagar College on Monday during violent protests by TMC and BJP workers.
“Modi has promised to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue in Kolkata. Why should we take their (BJP’s) money, Bengal has enough resources,” Mamata was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. In a Facebook post soon after, Mamata wrote, “TMC believes in conserving the rich cultural and historical heritage of our Bengal. It is totally against the hate philosophy of Modi and Amit Shah.