December 9, 2022

Leaders of the get together, led by Suvendu Adhikari, shared tweets on the event (File)


The BJP in West Bengal celebrated ‘Paschim Bangla Diwas’ or the muse day of the state on Sunday. Leaders of the get together, led by Suvendu Adhikari, shared tweets on the event and organised a gathering outdoors the gates of the state meeting. They garlanded statues of the get together icon Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee and quoted him of their tweets, saying, “They have divided India. I have torn Pakistan to pieces.”

Mr Adhikari, Leader of Opposition within the meeting, demanded that June 20 be declared a state vacation.

“Earlier, opposition parties did not raise the issue because they would have to then bring up the names of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee and of 56 MLAs, including from Hindu Mahasabha. That would be politically problematic for them. But BJP will bring up the issue,” he stated.

The Trinamool Congress has dismissed the BJP’s claims.

“Today is the Mourning Day for Bengalis. On this day in 1946, the Assembly passed resolution for the partition of Bengal at the instance of two communal parties – Muslim League and Hindu Mahasabha, and ultimately the Congress had to accept as a fate accompli,” stated Sukhendu Shekhar Roy.

“BJP’s claims of Syama Prasad Mookerjee being the father of Bengal is sheer distortion of history. He had joined hands with AK Fazlul Haque (Muslim League MLA of Bengal and ‘prime minister’ of the province) who moved the Pakistan Resolution at Lahore in 1940,” Mr Roy stated.

“They together formed the Syama-Haque Ministry in Bengal and opposed the Quit India Movement,” he added.

The Lahore Resolution can be referred to as the Resolution of Pakistan’s Declaration of Independence.

As the talk rages, a number of BJP leaders tweeted with the hashtag #PaschimBongo Diwas.

“June 20 is West Bengal Day, the day in 1947(corrected) Bengali Hindus took the momentous decision to carve out a separate province in India to thwart the Muslim League bid to secure the whole of Bengal for Pakistan. There was a philosophy that shaped the decision and we must not forget it,” tweeted Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta.

“You divided India, I divided Pakistan” — Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee,” tweeted BJP leader Anirban Ganguly, adding, “twentieth June on #West Bengal Foundation Day heartfelt gratitude to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee for his epic effort to stop the entire of Bengal from going into Jinnah’s Pakistan.”

The British first tried to divide Bengal in 1905 and were opposed by the people of the province, including Rabindranath Tagore. Officially, the British felt the Bengal province, which then included Bihar, Odisha and Assam, was administratively unwieldy. But historians say the British were worried by the growing nationalist movement in this part of the country.

In 1946, the partition plan, presented by Lord Mountbatten and published on June 3, was voted upon in the Bengal Assembly on 20 June. The non-Muslim MLAs voted for West Bengal to join India.

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