A row has damaged out in West Bengal’s Malda district over a video displaying some native leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress chopping and consuming a cake that resembles the tricolour to have a good time India’s 74th Independence Day. The extensively circulated video has been criticised by the Congress and the BJP mentioned it amounted to insulting the nationwide flag.
The 2-and-a-half minute video was shot at a public programme within the district’s Ratua space on Independence Day. It discovered its method to social media on Friday, and triggered a pointy response.
Within the video, senior TMC chief Shehnaz Qadri, a cousin of Rajya Sabha MP and the celebration’s Malda unit president Mausam Noor, senior chief of Ratua, Sheikh Yasin, and head of the celebration’s Jai Hind Bahini unit in Malda, Krishna Das, could possibly be seen having fun with the cake with native leaders.
Malda Congress chief Mostak Alam mentioned the video mirrored that the Trinamool Congress leaders didn’t respect the nationwide flag. “The Indian flag is our pleasure. Our troopers are dying on the border to maintain the flag flying excessive whereas in Malda some senior leaders of the ruling celebration have forgotten their sacrifice,” he mentioned.
The Bharatiya Janata Get together’s Lok Sabha MP from Malda (North), Khagen Murmu, additionally condemned the incident. “No Indian is meant to disrespect the nationwide flag on this method,” he mentioned, stressing that folks didn’t count on any higher from Trinamool.
TMC’s district vice-president Dulal Sarkar distanced the celebration from the controversy. “I haven’t seen the video however our celebration doesn’t assist this type of an act. These days many doctored movies are additionally doing the rounds. I don’t know whether or not this video is a real one,” he mentioned.
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TMC’s Shehnaz Qadri, who’s dealing with a barrage over the video, known as it a conspiracy to malign him.
“I had gone to Ratua to attend an Independence Day programme involving kids. I used to be about to board my automobile and go away the venue when some folks advised me that that they had introduced a cake and urged me to chop it. I merely saved their request… We’re all proud Indians and owe our allegiance to the nation,” Qadri advised HT on Friday night.
Yasin, one other Trinamool chief noticed within the video, mentioned the cake was introduced by Krishna Das and different members of the Jai Hind Bahini, an outfit launched by Mamata Banerjee final yr to spice up the celebration’s outreach.
“All people was in a celebratory temper because the names of the Bahini’s unit leaders have been additionally introduced on that day. No one paid consideration to the color of the cake,” Yasin mentioned. Das and Mausam Noor couldn’t be contacted regardless of a number of makes an attempt.