West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has condemned the vandalising of a bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at a college in Kolkata and said the culprits should be traced and punished.
In a statement today, the Governor said, a new bust of the great social reformer of Bengal should immediately be installed and the Calcutta University should take initiative to it.
Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow yesterday.
During the violence, a bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised at the college named after the social reformer.
Mr Tripathi is also the chancellor of the Calcutta University to which the Vidyasagar College is affiliated.
PM Modi’s BJP and Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress have accused each other of vandalising the statue, which has immense emotional value for the people of Bengal.
Thoughts and ideals of the great Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar reverberate across India. They have shaped millions of Indians. By destroying the Vidyasagar statue, TMC shows their disgusting mentality. Centre will build a statue at the same place where TMC destroyed it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by ‘TMC (Trinamool Congress) goondas‘.
While lashing out at Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister said he was going for a rally in Dum Dum later in the day but was not sure if the West Bengal Chief Minister will allow his helicopter to land.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, acknowledging the backlash after a statue of 19th century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken in clashes at Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, promised to install his “grand statue” at the same spot.