An embarrassing controversy has erupted over a statue that featured prominently throughout Union Minister Amit Shah’s go to to Bengal’s Bankura district on Thursday.
Mr Shah, on the primary of a two-day go to to Bengal to kickstart BJP’s preparations for Assembly elections subsequent yr, was in Bankura to faucet tribal votes. The district is a part of the tribal-dominated Jangalmahal space of Bengal.
Mr Shah’s first cease was to garland a statue of Birsa Munda, the legendary tribal chief who fought for India’s independence and was killed on the younger age of 25. However, on the final minute, tribal leaders identified to the BJP that the statue was not of Birsa Munda in any respect, however a basic tribal hunter.
Realising the fake pas, BJP swiftly positioned a portrait of the tribal chief on the foot of the statue. Amit Shah showered petals on the statue and garlanded the portrait.
After his go to he tweeted: “Paid floral tributes to legendary tribal leader Bhagwan Birsa Mundaji in Bankura, West Bengal today. Birsa Mundaji‘s life was dedicated to the rights and upliftment of our tribal sisters and brothers. His courage, struggles and sacrifices continue to inspire…”
Paid floral tributes to legendary tribal chief Bhagwan Birsa Munda ji in Bankura, West Bengal immediately.
Birsa Munda ji’s life was devoted in direction of the rights and upliftment of our tribal sisters & brothers. His braveness, struggles and sacrifices proceed to encourage all of us. pic.twitter.com/1PYgKiyDuY
– Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 5, 2020
Now, although, an organisation of tribal leaders – the Bharat Jakat Majhi Pargana Mahal – has declared itself upset over what they really feel is an insult to Birsa Munda. Today, folks from the native tribal group reportedly sprinkled Ganga water across the statue to “purify” it.
The controversy has additionally supplied the ruling Trinamool with ammunition to assault the BJP forward of subsequent yr’s election.
‘Bohiragato‘ are at it once more! Union Home Minister Amit Shah is so blind to Bengal’s tradition that he insulted Bhagwan Birsa Munda by garlanding a flawed idol and positioned his photograph at another person’s foot. Will he ever respect Bengal?” the occasion tweeted this morning.
Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan referred to the Birsa Munda fake pas and the Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar episode – a statue of the legendary nineteenth century reformer was vandalised, allegedly by BJP workers, earlier than Lok Sabha polls in May – to hit out on the BJP’s “blatant disrespect to legendary Bengal icons”.
“From Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar to Birsa Munda, what is that this blatant disrespect in direction of Bengal’s legendary icons, Amit Shahji? How many extra occasions will you misuse Bengal’s tradition and heritage to your political propaganda?”
Mr Shah is in Bengal to galvanise party leaders and workers and sharpen efforts to wrest power from Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool. 200 of 294 seats – that is the target the Home Minister set for his party during his fiery speech yesterday.
Thumping the podium on stage at Bankura, Mr Shah said: “…immediately I’m saying this in Bankura that, with the blessings of Birsa Munda, BJP will come to power with at least 200 seats.”
During his speech yesterday he also claimed he could sense “large public anger towards the Mamata Banerjee authorities” and that the “loss of life knell” of her administration had been rung.
Forming the Bengal government has been a long-standing target of the BJP – which has never ruled the state – particularly after a bitterly-fought campaign during last year’s Lok Sabha election.
The BJP recorded strong gains in the parliamentary polls, winning 18 seats (up from just two in 2014) of 42 seats, and is now a real threat to Ms Banerjee and her fight for a third straight term.