Trinamool leaders change profile photos on social media after vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue 

Nitesh Jha  Wednesday 15th of May 2019 07:11 PM
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The Vidyasagar bust before and after its vandalization. 

New Delhi: Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a name every Bengali feels proud because of his work towards upliftment of the society, has been dragged into the politics in West Bengal. This happened when a day after a statue of the 19th-century reformer was vandalized in clashes during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata.

Although both the Trinamool Congress and the BJP accused each other for the violence and the vandalization of the Vidyasagar College and the statue, the TMC seized the incidence to show the BJP as anti-Bengali.

On Wednesday, many TMC leaders, including party supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, changed their profile photos on Facebook and Twitter to Vidyasagar’s to express their protest and anguish.

West Bengal chief minister while expressing her anger said, “BJP goons took sticks and vandalized the statue. Such a big shame.”

Vidyasagar as Mamata Banerjee's display photo on her Twitter page.

Senior TMC leader Derek O'Brien took to Twitter and wrote:

Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala expressed anguish in solidarity with TMC leaders and tweeted:

The BJP, in turn, accused the Trinamool of conspiring to frame the BJP by having the statue broken by her party workers.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo, the BJP candidate from Asansol, tweeted:

Apart from politicians, other emminent personalities also expressed their shock and dismay over the vandalization of the Bengal icon’s bust.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also expressed his concern on Twitter and wrote:




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