TMC, BJP interact in slugfest over UNESCO tag credit score


A confrontation erupted Saturday between the TMC and BJP over the credit score for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage (ICH) tag to Durga Puja, Bengal’s greatest pageant.

Union Minister of State for Training Subhas Sarkar slammed the TMC-led authorities for attempting to “hijack” the credit score of the Centre’s arduous work in making certain that Durga Puja will get the UNESCO recognition.

“The state authorities had no position in getting the ICH, however it’s now very lively in hijacking the credit score. The Union authorities and its ministries performed a key position in making certain that we get this recognition. The TMC dispensation can’t present even one letter it had written to the Centre on getting the tag,” Sarkar stated.

Reacting to the feedback, senior Trinamool Congress chief and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim stated the BJP has a nasty behavior of “hankering” for credit score for Bengal’s “glorious initiatives”.

Sarkar, together with Union Minister of State for Exterior Affairs and Tradition Meenakshi Lekhi, was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme on the Indian Museum to rejoice the inscription of Durga Puja within the UNESCO listing of ICH.

Lekhi, with out naming anybody, stated no one ought to attempt to politicise the pageant.

“It’s a matter of satisfaction for your entire nation. Other than West Bengal, Durga Puja is widely known in numerous components of India. In 2012, too, a file was despatched to the UNESCO, however it was rejected. In 2019, one other one was despatched,” she stated.

It got here again for a number of clarifications, and plenty of central authorities officers labored on this. Later, it was accepted by UNESCO in 2021, Lekhi stated.

Hakim, nevertheless, stated the BJP had earlier claimed that TMC would not permit Durga Puja in West Bengal. “If that was the case, how come UNESCO has recognised it? The BJP’s lies are actually out within the open,” he stated.

TMC state normal secretary Kunal Ghosh added: “The UNESCO recognition is an apt reply to the communal marketing campaign by the saffron camp.

The BJP, forward of the meeting polls in Bengal, had claimed that the TMC authorities doesn’t permit Hindus to rejoice Durga Puja and observe its rituals in a correct method.

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