Mamata Banerjee unveils new bust of Vidyasagar month after vandalismJune 11, 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday unveiled a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the Hare School ground.
Trinamool Congress leaders, ministers in the West Bengal government, as well as some spiritual leaders, attended the event to mark the unveiling of social-reformer Vidyasagar’s bust.
As per the event schedule, the unveiled bust will now be taken from here to Vidyasagar college where it will be re-installed at the same place where a similar statue was broken in May during a political clash.
Moreover, the TMC chief will march to Vidyasagar College to participate in the re-installation event of the bust.
The bust of Vidyasagar, a 19th-century social reformer, was vandalised in clashes between BJP and TMC workers at Vidyasagar College during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow on May 14.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on May 16, promised to build a grand ‘panch dhatu’ (traditional five-metal alloys of sacred significance) statue of Vidyasagar at the same spot where the old one stood before being vandalized. Banerjee, however, publically denied the proposal by asserting that her state has got enough money to make the structure.
According to West Bengal Information and Cultural Department, events related to re-installation of the bust today are being organised by the state’s Higher Education and School Education Department in collaboration with the committee for the 200th birth anniversary of Vidyasagar.