TMC asks PM for apology for saying freedom fighter Matangini Hazra is from Ass – The New Indian Express

Through PTI

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress alleged on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had limited knowledge of history and asked for an apology for wrongly saying that West Bengal freedom fighter Matangini Hazra was from ‘Assam.

The BJP said the TMC was unnecessarily creating controversy over the Prime Minister’s gaffe during the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, and claimed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also made numerous fakes. not in his speeches in the past.

West Bengal TMC secretary-general Kunal Ghosh said the prime minister had limited knowledge of history and had only read a text written in “dramatic style”.

The TMC spokesperson tweeted: “@ BJP4India Matangini Hazra from Assam? Are you crazy? You don’t know the story. You have no feelings. You just read a written speech (that of others) with drama. “

“This is an insult to Bengal. You must ask for an apology. I hope your East Midnapore LOP will also condemn such a mistake,” Ghosh added, while attaching an alleged cut from the speech.

The TMC leader asked for a response from the opposition leader in the West Bengal Assembly and BJP MP for Nandigram, Suvendu Adhikari, who had often referred to the contribution from Medinipur, where Matangini Hazra was from, to the struggle for freedom.

The TMC tweeted on its official account: “Matangini Hazra is a Bengal freedom fighter, Mr. @ narendramodi!” “With so little respect for our glorious history, you once again insulted everyone in #Bengal.

@ BJP4India commits to erasing our history? Make fun of them as they please? SHAME, “the party said, attaching an alleged video to the post.

Reacting to the controversy, Suvendu Adhikari tweeted “TMC is no one to teach history or geography to anyone”.

Speaking on the matter, BJP Head of State Dilip Ghosh said: “It was a minor mistake on the part of the Prime Minister and the TMC is deliberately highlighting it while trying to neglect to other parts of his speech where he spoke about many projects initiated by the Center. “

BJP State Vice President Jay Prakash Majumdar said: “It was a slip of the tongue. What about the series of blunders made by the Chief Minister on our freedom fighters and our story? Has she ever apologized for these blunders? ” Top Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said: “It was a serious mistake by the Prime Minister showing his ignorance of the history of Bengal and its contribution to the struggle for freedom.”

State Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said: “Things like these happen if someone who grew up with the teachings of RSS doesn’t care to read or find out for themselves. and depends on the text prepared by his office without even checking. “

Hazra (1869-1942), who lived in Tamluk in today’s Purba Medinipur district, was shot dead by British Indian police while leading a procession as part of the Quit India movement launched across the country by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942.

His death sparked widespread condemnation and strengthened Indians’ resolve against British colonialists, giving more impetus to the struggle for freedom.

Hazra is a familiar figure across West Bengal and there is a statue of her in the Maidan area in the heart of Kolkata.

She is remembered as she paid tribute to freedom fighters and the TMC and BJP invoked her during the high-tension campaign in the districts of Purba and Paschim Medinipur in this year’s parliamentary elections.

Thelma J. Longworth

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