Amit shah has decided to celebrate Durga pooja in Bengal and now a virtual race has begun between the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) over inauguration of community. The BJP is making its presence felt in Bengal’s biggest annual festival for the first time.
Starting with Union home minister and BJP national president Amit Shah inaugurating a community Durga Puja at BJ Block in Kolkata’s satellite township of Salt Lake on Tuesday, the party’s MPs and MLAs and national and state-level leaders will inaugurate about 500 community Pujas across the state – a number that is over five times more than the pujas inaugurated by BJP leaders last time.
“There were many more community pujas organisers who wanted our leaders and union ministers to inaugurate their pujas but they could not come forward for the fear of TMC,” said Tushar Kanti Ghosh, BJP’s state executive member and in-charge of club relations.
TMC, however, mocked BJP’s claims. “They are counting in dozens and hundreds. Our leaders’ association with the Durga pujas goes into thousands. We have lost count of how many pujas our leaders inaugurate every year,” senior TMC leader and food minister Jyoti Priya Mallick said.