West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to hold a mega roadshow in District Birbhum’s Bolpur city, where Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently took out a rally. The main theme of the roadshow is likely to be Rabindrasangeet, the songs of Rabindranath Tagore. The idea, TMC sources said, was to highlight the ruling party’s “Bengali culture and value system”.
Apart from Chief Minister Banerjee, several artistes from across the state will attend the roadshow and perform Rabindrasangeet.
Ahead of the chief minister’s visit, Minister of State Indranil Sen reached Bolpur on 27 December to check the preparations there. He attended the rehearsal of the artists who will perform during the roadshow.
Sen said that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is making an attempt to highlight the thoughts and ideas of Rabindranath Tagore through music and songs.
Recently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited West Bengal on a two-day tour. He went to Bolpur and visited a folk singer’s house. He listened to the songs of Rabindranath Tagore and also paid a visit to Visva-Bharti, the institution established at the birthplace of Tagore.
The politics in West Bengal is heavily revolving around Bolpur-Santiniketan ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly election. Amit Shah visited Santiniketan and Modi gave a virtual speech on the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati.
Chief Minister Banerjee is leading a two-day programme of the TMC in Birbhum-Bolpur to win the hearts of the people of West Bengal.
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Banerjee on 28 December said the BJP-led central government was targetting Nobel laureates like Amartya Sen and Abhijit Banerjee for narrow politics ― whereas the first people to raise the issue were journalists who cited a formal complaint by the university.
Addressing the media in Bolpur, the chief minister said, “I have been targeted politically. I do not mind that. Our educationists are being targeted and now they are feeling isolated. Nobel laureates like Amartya Sen or Abhijit Banerjee hold a different place in society. In all these years, they did not say anything on Netaji. Now they are vocal about him.”
Visva-Bharati has written to the state government alleging that dozens of its plots have been recorded wrongly and that the list of unauthorised occupants includes socialist economist Sen.
The chief minister accused the BJP of impairing the sagacity of Visva-Bharati citing the examples of Pondicherry University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Nalanda University.