Amit Shah on his two-day trip to Bengal visited several prominent religious sites and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of ignoring the culture of Bengal. The ruling Trinamool Congress was quick to fire back and accuse him of disrespecting tribal icons by garlanding wrong idols.

Raising the issue of Union Home Minister Amit Shah garlanding the wrong statue rather than that of freedom fighter Birsa Munda and questioning his claims of appeasement politics from the courtyard of Dakhineshwar temple, the Trinamool Congress on Friday said Mr. Shah and the BJP were insulting the culture of Bengal.

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On Thursday (November 5) Mr. Shah had garlanded a statue at Bankura, which according to locals was a statue of a tribal hunter and not Birsa Munda. When the news spread, the local BJP leaders put a photograph of Birsa Munda on the statue.

“Bohiragato (outsiders) are at it again! Union Home Minister @AmitShah is so ignorant of Bengal’s culture that he insulted Bhagwan Birsa Munda by garlanding a wrong idol & placed his photo at someone else’s foot. Will he ever respect Bengal?” said a tweet from the Trinamool Congress’s official handle.

Later in the evening while addressing a press conference, TMC MP Sukendu Sekhar Roy raised the issue and said it was unfortunate that the Home Minister has not done his homework and insulted tribal people.

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The TMC also took on the Home Minister for his remarks on appeasement politics made from the courtyard of the Dakhineshwar temple.’

TMC MP Nusrat Jahan wrote, “From Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar to Birsa Munda, what is this blatant disrespect towards Bengal's legendary icons, Amit Shah ji? How many more times will you misuse Bengal's culture & heritage for your political propaganda? #BengalAsksAmitShah”.

Responding to Mr. Shah’s remarks targeting the TMC government, the party issued a statement saying, “The People of Bengal are ready to fight the battle. The people of Bengal will accept the challenge”.