Kolkata: The Trinamool government has decided to pay tribute to statesman Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder Bharatiya Jana Sangha, on his eaths anniversary on Tuesday.
It has raised eyebrows in political circles because in the preceding Left Front government, no CPM minister had ever done this. Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had stayed away from a programme organized by former Union minister Tapan Sikdar in Mookerjee’s memory.
There is no politics in showing respect to a statesman, but the state government doesn’t follow the same standards for every political stalwart. The move is being seen as a good gesture following the recent Narendra Modi-Mamata Banerjee bonhomie.
While former CPM leader and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee called it “late realization” by Trinamool, Congress leader Abdul Mannan said, “Mamata Banerjee will do anything to be in Modi’s good books, just so that she is spared a CBI probe.” Jana Sangh is the precursor to BJP.
Minister Firhad Hakim and Trinamool MP Subrata Bakshi will offer floral tributes to Mookerjee at Keoratala crematorium on Tuesday