West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out at BJP chief Amit Shah for his remark “in the land of Rabindra Sangeet, only bomb explosion can now be heard”, saying her government will not allow disrespect of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.
“We will not allow the insult of Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam in Bengal. People of Bengal do not forgive those who show disrespect to the great men. Some people compare bombs with Rabindra Sangeet. I have doubts about their mentality,” Banerjee said at an election rally in Purulia district.
“There will no bigger enemy than me if someone insults Bengal,” she said.
Claiming that only the bomb-making industry was flourishing under the Trinamool regime, Shah said in Kolkata earlier on Tuesday that “in the land of Rabindra Sangeet, only bomb explosion can now be heard”.
Tagore’s genre of songs is known as Rabindra Sangeet.
Taking umbrage at the comments, the Trinamool Congress supremo questioned the BJP’s efforts to rein in Maoism in Chhattisgarh.
“BJP leaders from Delhi are coming here and talking big. Why have they failed to stop Maoism in Chhattisgarh? The BJP and the Congress have governments in many states but only Bengal solved the Left Wing Extremism problem,” she added.