Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got angry at the event to honour legendary freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 124th birth anniversary at the Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial.
Mamata Banerjee lost her cool after she was interrupted with chants of “Jai Shri Ram”. The event was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
“Don’t insult me after calling me here. This is not a political programme. If you invite someone to a government programme, you should not insult them,” Banerjee said.
The CM urged the crowd to display some dignity and thanked Modi for attending the event before leaving the stage.
She lost her temper again when she was interrupted a second time and called those chanting the slogans as criminals and outsiders.
Prime Minister Modi spoke later and addressed Banerjee as behen. Chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai were heard during his speech.
War of words online
The event also led to BJP and TMC clashing online.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya said Banerjee had “insulted” the memory of Netaji and that “Bengal will not tolerate this disregard of its icons”.
“Mamata Banerjee insulted the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore by refusing to attend Viswa Bharati’s centenary celebrations. She has done the same by not delivering her speech on the occasion of Netaji’s anniversary celebrations,” he declared.
Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien hit back by tweeting the dictionary definition of the word ‘dignity’ and saying “you can(not) teach lumpens to be dignified”.
“dignity (noun) The state or quality of being worthy of honour and respect. You can’t teach ‘dignity’. Nor can you teach lumpens to be dignified. Here is a one-min video of what exactly happened today. Including the dignified response by Mamata Banerjee,” O’Brien said.
Earlier, Banerjee attacked the center for failing to declare the day a national holiday and build a memorial for Netaji.
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