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Modi promises Vidyasagar statue at 'same spot'

IANS  |  Mau (Uttar Pradesh) 

on Thursday promised a "grand statue" of 19th century reformer Chandra at the same spot where his bust was vandalized in Kolkata.

A bust of had been vandalized during the violence that took place during Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata. The and the have been blaming each other for the incident.

Addressing a rally in district, said" "We saw hooliganism by workers again during Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata. They vandalized Chandra Vidyasagar's statue. Such people should face strong action."

Acknowledging the fact that has immense emotional value for the people of Bengal, he said: "We will install the statue made of 'panch dhatu' (five metals) at the same place where the earlier status was installed. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision."

The Election Commission, which has curtailed campaigning in Bengal, has said it was "deeply anguished at the vandalism done to the statue" of an icon who, "besides his many other achievements as a philosopher, academic educator, and philanthropist, worked all his life in the cause of widow remarriage which was unthought and unheard of in the ultraconservative society in those days".

also took a dig at the SP-BSP alliance and said that ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections had been given to one who was absconding after being booked for rape.

"SP has this history in UP, people know, but Behenji will you seek votes for such candidates?" he asked



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 12:52 IST