Ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal sought an apology from prime minister Narendra Modi for saying that Bengal’s martyred freedom fighter Matangini Hazra was from Assam.
“Matangini Hazra is a freedom fighter from Bengal, Mr @narendramodi! With such scant regard for our glorious history, you have insulted all of #Bengal once again. Is @BJP4India committed to erasing our history? Mocking it as they please? SHAME,” the party said in tweet on August 15.
After PM Modi’s statement, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal ghosh in a tweet said: “Matangini Hazra from Assam? R u mad? U don’t know history. U have no feelings. You just read a written speech (that also by others) with drama. This is insult to Bengal. You must beg apology. Hope Your LOP from East Midnapore will also condemn such a mistake.”
Prime minister Narendra Modi, in his speech from the Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day on August 15, was talking about the contributions of the women in the struggle for freedom of the country.
While taking the names of some of the prominent women freedom fighters, PM Modi said “…apna Assam-me Matangini Hazra ki parakram ho…” (the courage of Matangini Hazra of our Assam).
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however, described the PM’s faux pas as a “small mistake”.