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Unveiling Vidyasagar statue, Didi says Bengal isn’t Gujarat

“We all need to be together to save Bengal’s culture. Bengal is not Gujrat and I will never allow the state to turn into Gujrat. I do not care what happens to me,” Banerjee said.

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Jun 12, 2019, 06.51 AM IST
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Bengal CM unveils Vidyasagar bust in Kolkata on Tuesday.
KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday installed a new fibre glass bust of the state’s icon Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar at the same place where it was vandalised 27 days back during a clash between supporters of Trinamool Congress and BJP after BJP national president Amit Shah’s road show in north Kolkata.

“We all need to be together to save Bengal’s culture. Bengal is not Gujrat and I will never allow the state to turn into Gujrat. I do not care what happens to me,” Banerjee said.

The CM blamed the BJP for vandalising Vidyasagar’s bust and said those who have done this have shown no remorse. She had also formed a special investigation team (SIT), led by a senior IPS officer, to investigate the matter.

Referring to the ongoing political violence, Banerjee said that two TMC supporters were killed at Bhatpara on Monday night and one person at Galsi on Tuesday morning.

“So far, 10 people have been killed in post-poll violence -- eight are from TMC while two are from BJP,” she said. She also directed the chief secretary to offer compensation to families of all the ten deceased.

Later in the day, she said some people are trying to tarnish the image of Bengal by saying it is a politically charged state. “They have a political agenda -- in reality, Bengal is one of the most peaceful states in the country,” she said.

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