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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee garlands bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in Kolkata

Almost a month after the vandalising of the statue of Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the BJP President Amit Shah's road show in the state capital, the West Bengal government had decided to replace the bust as a symbolic gesture.

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New Delhi Published on: June 11, 2019 13:31 IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday garlanded the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at a ceremonial programme at the Hare School ground in College Street, in Kolkata.

Later in the day the bust will be re-installed at Vidyasagar College.

Almost a month after the vandalising of the statue of Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the BJP President Amit Shah's road show in the state capital, the West Bengal government had decided to replace the bust as a symbolic gesture.

The state government had chalked out a plan to celebrate Vidyasagar's bicentenary in a grand way. 

"We will replace the vandalised bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar as a symbolic gesture on June 11. We have ordered much larger bronze statues - a bust and a full length," Banerjee said. 

Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also promised a "grand statue" of the 19th century reformer Vidyasagar to be installed at the same spot where his bust was vandalised in city. 

An iconic figure of the Bengal Renaissance, Vidyasagar became a poll issue following the vandalism of his statue during BJP President Amit Shah's roadshow here.

Accusing the Trinamool of orchestrating the attack on Shah during his roadshow, the BJP held state's ruling party responsible for the bust vandalisation, while Banerjee had organised a massive protest rally on the issue, alleging it to be the handiwork of saffron party supporters. 

Banerjee also said: "We will wholly develop Vidyasagar College and will do it beautifully. We will do up the museum as well." 

According to her, a committee headed by the state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has been working on the bicentenary celebrations of Vidyasagar starting in September. 

She further said that a statue of Rabindra Nath Tagore would be set up at the Presidency University and one of Asutosh Mukherjee at the College Street campus of Calcutta University. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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