Reacting sharply to BJP chief Amit Shah’s comment that the sound of Rabindra Sangeet was getting drowned out by bomb blasts in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said there will be no “bigger enemy” than her for anybody who insulted the state. “If anyone insults Bengal, there will be no bigger enemy than myself,” she said at a poll rally here in Purulia district. “Today you (BJP) are in power in Delhi, but you will lose tomorrow,” the Chief Minister said.
Referring to the remarks by the BJP President, she said, “I have heard (Shah) has said something about Rabindranath. “People of Bengal do not forgive anyone who insults great poets like Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam,” she said at the rally ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. During a press meet in Kolkata earlier in the day, Shah said the only industry to have come up in Bengal under Trinamool Congress rule was the bomb-making industry.
“Only the bomb-making industry has come up in West Bengal in the last five years. And the sound of Rabindra Sangeet is getting suppressed because of those bomb blasts,” he said. Banerjee also claimed that the CPI-M, which her party had ousted from power in 2011, had suffered for disrespecting Tagore. “The CPI-M had claimed it had made Tagore famous while taking ‘Sahaj Path’ (a beginners’ book in Bengali for kids) off the syllabus for nursery students,” she said, claiming that the people of Bengal had taught a lesson to the party for such acts.