BJP marks ‘Bengal Day’, harps on Hindu ‘asmita’ | Kolkata News – Times of India


KOLKATA: BJP on Sunday observed “Paschimbanga Diwas” to commemorate Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s contribution to Bengal, harping on “Hindu Bengali asmita”. BJP leaders spoke against divisive voices, claiming that Mookerjee helped Bengal stay united while guarding the state from “onslaughts” of the Muslim League in 1947.
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said that Bengal must not forget the “philosophy” that shaped the decision of the “Hindus” opposing the move of the Mulsim League. “June 20 is West Bengal Day, the day in 1947 Bengali Hindus took the momentous decision to carve out a separate province in India to thwart the Muslim League’s bid to secure the whole of Bengal for Pakistan,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Bengal BJP’s co-minder Amit Malviya said that Mookerjee ensured that “West Bengal, largely Hindu majority, stayed with India. Imagine the plight of Hindu Bengalis had that not been the case,” he wrote. Mookerjee, Malviya wrote, “convinced the British delegation that while Bengal had 56% Muslims, West Bengal was largely Hindu majority and should be partitioned like Punjab.”
Leader of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari paid tribute to Mookerjee at the party headquarters at Murlidhar Sen Lane and said, “Had he not fought for West Bengal and made it a part of India as had it been in Pakistan then this state would have been Islamabad or Dhaka. People are now being attacked for following the Sanatan Hindu dharma.”


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