Kolkata: West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee is into controversy for wearing shoes while paying homage in the coffin of the deceased West Bengal Police SI Amitavo Malik, cop who succumbed to his injuries in fresh clashes that broke out in Darjeeling between the police and the Bimal Gurung-led faction of the Gorkhaland Personel (GLP) on Friday morning. Storm of criticism has started on the social media and in the opposition parties.
A cop succumbed to his injuries in fresh clashes that broke out in Darjeeling between the police and the Bimal Gurung-led faction of the Gorkhaland Personel (GLP) in the early hours on Friday. On Saturday the martyred cop Amitavo’s body was brought to Kolkata from Bagdogra airport. West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee and food and supply Minister Jyotipriya Mallik paid tribute to the deceased SI on behalf of the state government at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport. While paying homage to the deceased SI Amitavo Malik it was noticed that the education minister Partho Chatterjee was wearing shoes.
Thus, it created controversy, Opposition leader Abdul Mannan said “It is not unusual according to the TMC culture, they put Mahatma Gandhi’s photo bellow the CM Mamata’s photo, what more can be expected from them? ”
Left Assembly leader and CPM MLA Sujon Chakraborty said “It is sad to expect any ethics and values from TMC.”
BJP leader Rahul Sinha said “They are so much engulfed in the hunger for power and completely bewildered in fear of losing the power. CM always says about Bengal’s culture then how a minister of her cabinet can do this? We are strongly condemning this incident. He should apologize.”
When former police commissioner Tushar Talukder was asked for a reaction on this incident he said “I don’t know anything about this incident. But I know Christians pay respect while wearing shoes, this is among the Hindu also.”
We tried to contact Partha Chatterjee through phone but he was unavailable.
Reported By: Debjani Sarkar
Edited By: Mousumi Dash