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Mamata holds protest rally over Vidyasagar bust vandalisation

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The BJP-Trinamool showdown over vandalisation of Bengal Renaissance figure Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's bust intensified as Chief Minister held a massive protest march in the city on Wednesday.

On a day when campaigned in the state and targeted for "orchestarting atatck on Amit Shah", the Trinamool supremo accompanied by intellectuals and commoners, hit the street against "BJP's conspiracy to destroy Bengal's culture and heritage."

Following the vandalism of his statue during Shah's roadshow on Tuesday here, the Bengali polymath has become a poll issue with the BJP and the Trinamool blaming each other for the desecration.

Flanked by party leaders, activists, city intellectuals and thousands of common citizens, walked from Gandhi Bhaban in north Kolkata's Beleghata to the iconic five-point crossing in Shyambazar, a distance of over 6km.

Many spontaneously joined the march while thousands more looked on from both sides of the street bringing the busy north Kolkata region to a virtual standstill.

Members of the intellectual community including writers, actors, threatre actors participated in the rally with pictures and banners of famous Bengali icons like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore and Vidyasagar.

"BJP has murdered Vidyasagar yesterday. The have hit the streets to revive him and his ideals. We all are together. They (BJP) have come here to do without knowing about Bengal's culture," noted and intellectual Abul Basar said.

"When told has accused Trinamool of vandalising the statue, Basar said "He is lying. Look at Can you believe she can ever do such things? It is impossible. No one will believe them," he said.

Banerjee walked for nearly two hours at brisk pace with folded hands and occasionally waved at the crowd who raised slogans in favour of Bengal and its ruling Trinamool

Several people joined in midway as the protest march kept growing.

At the end of the rally Banerjee garlanded the statues of Vidyasagar and in Shyambazar and paid her respect.

The slugfest over the vandalisation also panned out in the national capital with Shah claiming there were three attacks targeting his road show. He also accused Banerjee of conspiring to vandalise Vidyasagar's statue in an effort to gain sympathy.

The Trinamool retaliated with with party in a press conference releasing videos to establish that "goons of orchestrated the atatck". He also said the party will take the videos to the



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:36 IST