|Ministers Sabitri Mitra, Krishnendu Choudhury and district youth Trinamul Congress president Amlan Bhaduri with an artiste impersonating Lord Shiva on Tuesday in English Bazaar (Photo: VoM)|
Monday, February 23, 2015
TMC leaders found 25 ft tall Shiva idol, BJP smells politics
Malda, 15 February, 2015: Trinamul Congress minister Sabitri Mitra and district youth Trinamul president Amlan Bhaduri founded a 25-feet tall idol of Lord Shiva on the eve of Maha Shiva Ratri which has no wonder draws flak from the opposition.
However, thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva gathered at Puratuli Sadarghat area in English Bazaar municipality area to witness the tallest Shiva idol in the district. A fair has also been organized by Mrs Mitra and Mr Bhaduri which further gathered people from different parts of English Bazaar town.
Mrs Mitra said, “People of the locality were long demanding a Shiva temple here which would help them to reach them without any hassle. We only tried to honour their demand.”
Mr Bhaduri said, “We are happy to fulfill the aspiration of thousands of citizens. Now it would be easier for them to observe the religious rituals of Shiva Ratri easily. A fair has started also and it would continue for a fortnight.”
BJP has however smelt politics behind the “apparent” piousness of the Trinamul leaders. “We just wonder why Trinamul leaders chose this year to found the Shiva statue! It may be their last resort to fetch votes in the ensuing municipality election,” said district BJP general secretary Manabendra Chakraborty.
“But such fake piousness would hardly enable them to be through in the civic poll. BJP was ahead in 23 wards in English Bazaar municipality in last Lok Sabha election. So Trinamul has been day-dreaming,” Mr Chakraborty added.
Mr Bhaduri, a former BJP leader on the other hand refuted the political logic. “Trinamul’s victory in Bongaon and Krishnaganj is the only befitting reply for the unnecessary criticism by the BJP,” Mr Bhaduri said.