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The West Bengal Congress lashed out at Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress (TMC) for ‘purposefully’ excluding Jawaharlal Nehru's photo amongst other notable freedom fighters of India.

WB Congress retweeted the photo of a child who sketched Nehru’s maiden speech as the first prime minister of India. Her father wrote, “My daughter chose to remind some basic history lesson by drawing the moment of first independence day!"

TMC's official collage for India's 75 years of independence
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TMC's official collage for India's 75 years of independence

The West Bengal Chief Minister was called out by the state Congress unit over a collage of national heroes ahead of 75th Independence Day. The collage excluded the first prime minister of a free India and former Congress president Jawaharlal Nehru from it.

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According to reports, all prominent TMC members, including CM Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee, use the image as their display picture.

A screenshot of Mamata Banerjee's Twitter profile (taken on August 15, 2022.
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A screenshot of Mamata Banerjee's Twitter profile (taken on August 15, 2022.

On the other hand, another user thought it was wrong to include Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. “Mamata Banerjee as the CM of Bengal really made a blunder here. What is this Patel, a staunch proponent of partition, doing here?" he wrote. “Madam, please immediately remove that guy from this image and re-upload it. It hurts the sentiment of all Bengalis hurt by partition."

Veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh earlier slammed Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for excluding Nehru in a newspaper ad of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign.

A list of liberation fighters was included in the advertisement, which was published in a newspaper in Karnataka, however Jawaharlal Nehru was left off. In response, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh charged the Karnataka chief minister with "insulting" his father, Nehru supporter S.R. Bommai.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 14, alleged that the BJP was trying to weaken the TMC in Bengal.

"Have you seen Royal Bengal Tiger? Come and see," the TMC supremo thundered, asking her party workers not to be afraid.

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"They want to gag us the way they have done that to some other parties to ensure that no opposition force stands up in the country," Banerjee said.

She stated that not just political persons but officers are also being intimidated through summonses.

"Eight officers have been called to Delhi," she said, adding that her government would stand by them.

(With agency inputs)

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 15 Aug 2022, 08:25 AM IST
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