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.
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!
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) January 31, 2021
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.
If at all there is something @BJP4India can teach us, it's how we can sing our national anthem all wrong.
— Aroop Biswas (@aroopbiswasaitc) January 31, 2021
It is shameful to see @BJP4India leaders who claim to be the flagbearers of 'nationalism' singing our national anthem incorrectly in public!
— Indranil Sen (@Indrani39664132) January 31, 2021
Ashamed! Shocked! A cabinet minister does not know the National Anthem! The sheer audacity of still holding that portfolio is beyond imagination! @BJP4India in all its glory is a black spot on our great nation.#BJPInsultsNationalanthem pic.twitter.com/oyV3dWpqPh
— Madan Mitra| মদন মিত্র (@madanmitraoff) January 31, 2021
Watch the holier-than-thou @BJP4India leaders ridicule the National Anthem of India.
— FIRHAD HAKIM (@FirhadHakim) January 31, 2021
‘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.