Kolkata, Jan 23, 2021: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday refused to speak at an event organised to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary in Kolkata. She said she was "insulted" at the event organised by the central government.
Mamata Banerjee was angered after a section of the crowd started making noise and raised slogans of ’Jai Shri Ram’ and ’Modi-Modi’ when she was called on the stage to address the gathering.
Mamata Banerjee started her speech saying the dignity of government programmes must be maintained because they are not events of any one political party.
CM Mamata Banerjee refuses to give speech during #Netaji’s birth anniversary event at #VictoriaMemorial due to sloganeering. She walks out of the stage in a huff, says - "No politics at such events" pic.twitter.com/AlHBSiM8sy— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) January 23, 2021
"I think there should be some dignity when a government programme is being held. This is not the programme of one political party. This is a programme of all parties and the people," she said.
Addressing the gathering at the Victoria Memorial in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee said she is thankful that the central government chose to hold the event on Netaji in Kolkata.
"I am thankful to the prime minister and the Union cultural ministry for holding this programme on Netaji in Kolkata," she said.
Speaking in Hindi, she added, "Lekin kisi ko aamantrit kar ke beijjat karna aap logon ko shobha nahi deta. (It is unbecoming of you all to insult someone after inviting her to an event). In protest of this, I am not speaking anything more. Jai Hind. Jai Bangla."