Mamata Banerjee Unveils Vidyasagar Bust Amid Tight Security


Kolkata: A month after Bengal was rocked by the Vidyasagar statue vandalism and ensuing protests, CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday unveiled a bust of the noted reformer at the Vidyasagar College in mega event.

The event was attended by a host of politicians, intellectuals, noted artists of the Bengali film industry and others.

Mamata Banerjee and other guests took turns to garland the Vidyasagar bust with much fanfare on Tuesday.

This comes a month after the bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised during a roadshow led by BJP president Amit Shah on May 14.

The new bust of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar in Kolkata’s Vidyasagar College has now been unveiled as promised by Mamata Banerjee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, had promised to install a statue of Vidyasagar at the same venue.

The vandalism and clashes between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers on Kolkata streets during Shah’s roadshow had triggered a huge controversy over Vidyasagar.

While Trinamool accused BJP of attacking Bengal’s culture and the noted reformist Vidyasagar, BJP accused Trinamool of resorting to violence to take on the rivals.

During the controversy, Mamata Banerjee had promised that she would get the bust replaced at the earliest.

As the 6-feet-tall Vidyasagar statue was unveiled inside the Vidyasagar College on Tuesday, the spotlight is back on the revered social reformer of the British era.

Mamata Banerjee also addressed a gathering of scholars, teachers and principals of a few schools to reiterate the contribution of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar in Bengali literature, society and education.

On May 14, the Vidyasagar College in Kolkata was allegedly ransacked by BJP supporters during Amit Shah’s roadshow.

The ruckus was so massive that the college was ransacked and the bust broken. Mamata Banerjee attacked BJP for the violence and accused the party of bringing outsiders to cause vandalism and tarnish the image of the party.