National anthem sung wrongly at BJP’s Bengal rally, TMC leaders furious

Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Debasree Chaudhuri were seen on the rally stage during the anthem

Union ministers Smriti Irani and Debasree Chaudhuri, and state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh at a rally in Howrah | Photo: Screengrab

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders have pointed out a mistake which allegedly occurred when Union ministers and new BJP inductees were singing the national anthem at the end of a BJP rally in West Bengal’s Howrah district on Sunday (January 31). They have called it an insult of the anthem and sought an apology from top party leaders.

In a video of the rally on the BJP West Bengal’s YouTube page, the leaders are purportedly heard singing “Jana gana mana adhinayaka jaya he” where it should have been “Jana gana mana mangala dayaka jaya he.”

Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Debasree Chaudhuri, top leaders like Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy, state unit president Dilip Ghosh and recent inductees like Suvendu Adhikari and Rajib Banerjee (both former state ministers) were seen on stage during the anthem.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee called it “shameful” and said, “Those preaching about Patriotism & Nationalism can’t even sing our National Anthem correctly. This is the party which claims to uphold India’s honour and pride!”

“SHAMEFUL! Will @narendramodi @AmitShah @BJP4India apologise for this “Anti-National” Act?,” he asked along with the hashtag, “#BJPInsultsNationalAnthem”.

Besides, state ministers Aroop Biswas and Indranil Sen, Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim and senior leader Madan Mitra too have slammed the BJP leaders for “ridiculing” the national anthem.

‘Jana Gana Mana’ was adopted as the country’s national anthem on January 24, 1950 from a five-stanza Bengali composition ‘Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata’ by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Only the first stanza was adopted as the national anthem.

The rally comes a day after a new wave of desertions from West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress ahead of the assembly elections due in four months. In the latest desertions, ex-minister Rajib Banerjee besides former TMC leaders, Baishali Dalmiya, Prabir Ghoshal, and MrRathin Chakraborti, and actor Mr. Rudranil Ghosh had joined BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday.

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