No. Not Amit Shah, but Nehru sat on Tagore’s Seat at Shantiniketan.

Coupled with baseless allegations like the vandalization Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the Vidyasagar College by BJP-supporters, blame game played by the combined forces of the opposition have constantly highlighted, or fabricated cultural errors in BJP leaders part, in relation to West Bengal. The latest addition was the claim that our Home Minister, Amit Shah sat on Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur’s chair during his visit to Vishwa Bharati in December, 2020. The claim was made by the West Bengal Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Adhir Chowdhury in Parliament. The same was echoed by the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee during a recent political rally.

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The Home Minister was prompt in rebutting their allegation with a letter from the Vice-Chancellor of Vishwa Bharati University, Dr. Bidyut Chakraborty addressed to Mr. Chowdhury, wherein he clearly stated that the chair on which Mr. Shah sat was the edge of a window, with cushions placed on it and not Gurudev’s chair, as claimed by Mr. Chowdhury.

Former Prime Ministers of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi, Former Presidents of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil and Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheik Hasina has also sat on the same seat during their visit to Vishwa Bharati. Mr. Shah went to the extent of sharing photos of Pt. Nehru actually sitting on Gurudeb’s chair and Rajiv Gandhi having tea, while sitting on Gurudev’s sofa, while they visited Viswa Bharati. The said revelations were enough to leave MR. Chowdhury and the TMC red-faced.

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Such baseless allegations, being trifles, only point out the political bankruptcy and lack of ideas and narratives of all the three political parties, which ruled Bengal, in countering the BJP’s emergence as the most popular political power in the state.

Does this also reveal that, somewhere, subconsciously, these three political parties have conceded defeat, being aware of the ground reality and the mindset of the people of Bengal? However, time can only tell whether they have learned their lesson with this piece of embarrassment or will continue with their baseless tirade on similar lines.

By Ranita Indic

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