TMC BJP political war over Amar Jawan Jyoti and Netaji statue

News Desk: The decision of shifting Amar Jawan Jyoti and a new statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the India Gate fired up a political protest in India’s state of culture, i.e., West Bengal.

The ruling TMC of West Bengal criticised both the decisions of the center.

Slamming the saffron party for it’s decision, TMC MP Sougoto Roy said “Indira Gandhi had lit the Amar Jawan Jyoti after the 1971 Bangladesh War. L K Advani compared her to Goddess Durga for that victory against Pakistan. Modi, on the other hand, set up the National War Memorial in 2019. Both flames could have been allowed. The BJP and the RSS had no contribution in India’s freedom struggle. The BJP wants to wipe out our history and present a distorted narrative”

Though he welcomed the BJP’s move of building a Netaji statue at the India Gate, but he said “The Centre could have allowed the tableau. They rejected it because of their narrow-minded politics. The Centre wants to install the statue because the BJP has been exposed. It has no respect for our national heroes”

Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also slammed the saffron party. He said “The BJP wants to distort every episode in history. The shifting of the flame is an insult to soldiers who laid down their lives. Similarly, the announcement on a new statue of Netaji is a hasty afterthought to divert public attention from the denial to the tableau. The BJP is doing politics with Netaji with an eye on elections”.

PM Modi’s announcement

On Friday, PM Modi took to Twitter to announce “At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him”

In another tweet, he said “Till the grand statue of Netaji Bose is completed, a hologram statue of his would be present at the same place. I will unveil the hologram statue on 23rd January, Netaji’s birth anniversary”

Alongwith the tweets, PM Modi also posted images of the holograph and the proposed statue.