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TMC, BJP Interact in Slugfest Over Durga Puja’s UNESCO Tag Credit score

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A confrontation erupted Saturday between the TMC and BJP over the credit score for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage (ICH) tag to Durga Puja, Bengal’s largest pageant. Union Minister of State for Schooling Subhas Sarkar slammed the TMC-led authorities for making an attempt to “hijack the credit score of the Centre’s laborious work in making certain that Durga Puja will get the UNESCO recognition.

“The state authorities had no function in getting the ICH, however it’s now very energetic in hijacking the credit score. The Union authorities and its ministries performed a key function in making certain that we get this recognition. The TMC dispensation can not present even one letter it had written to the Centre on getting the tag,” Sarkar mentioned.

Reacting to the feedback, senior Trinamool Congress chief and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim mentioned the BJP has a foul behavior of “hankering for credit score for Bengal’s wonderful initiatives.

Sarkar, together with Union Minister of State for Exterior Affairs and Tradition Meenakshi Lekhi, was chatting with reporters on the sidelines of a programme on the Indian Museum to have a good time the inscription of Durga Puja within the UNESCO checklist of ICH. Lekhi, with out naming anybody, mentioned no person ought to attempt to politicise the pageant.

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“It’s a matter of pleasure for your entire nation. Aside from West Bengal, Durga Puja is well known in varied components of India. In 2012, too, a file was despatched to the UNESCO, nevertheless it was rejected. In 2019, one other one was despatched, she mentioned. It got here again for a couple of clarifications, and lots of central authorities officers labored on this. Later, it was accepted by UNESCO in 2021, Lekhi mentioned.

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Hakim, nevertheless, mentioned the BJP had earlier claimed that TMC doesn’t permit Durga Puja in West Bengal. If that was the case, how come UNESCO has recognised it? The BJP’s lies at the moment are out within the open,” he mentioned.

TMC state common secretary Kunal Ghosh added: “The UNESCO recognition is an apt reply to the communal marketing campaign by the saffron camp.

The BJP, forward of the meeting polls in Bengal, had claimed that the TMC authorities doesn’t permit Hindus to have a good time Durga Puja and observe its rituals in a correct method.

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