Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the country’s history should not be changed. Without taking any name, she also said those who had vandalised the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar should not dream of ruling West Bengal. Banerjee was speaking at a Teacher’s Day programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
“We are working under a threat. History cannot be changed. Vidyasagar’s statue cannot be vandalised and then those same people cannot try to rule Bengal. I request all to uphold the diversity of Bengal. Members of the teaching community have always thwarted any attempt to change our history, our heritage, our culture. There is a long battle ahead and I need your wholehearted support in the battle,” she said.Congress losing the battle of perception against BJP : Adhir Chowdhury
It may be recalled that when BJP president Amit Shah took out a roadshow on May 14, a bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised at Vidyasagar College in north Kolkata as clashes broke out between BJP and TMC workers. Both the parties had accused each other of destroying the bust and vandalising the college campus. Later on June 11, Banerjee had unveiled a new statue of Vidyasagar, which was installed at the same place.