On this occasion, footballs manufactured by the Handicrafts Department of the State Government will be provided to various sports clubs for distribution among poor children. Banerjee said, “The Khela Diwas will be celebrated by distributing football among the needy children.” He declared that “khela hoga (sports will happen).”
With this, he has given a new edge to the fight started during the assembly elections. Banerjee said the fight would continue till the BJP was ousted from power at the Centre. Criticizing Mamata Banerjee’s announcement, BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta said that the Muslim League had announced direct action on 16 August 1946, after which the Greater Calcutta Massacre began.
He tweeted, “Interesting that Mamata Banerjee has announced ‘Khel Diwas’ on 16th August. This is the same day when the Muslim League started its direct action in 1946 and the great massacre started in Calcutta. In today’s West Bengal, Khela Hobe has come as a symbol of terror attack on the opposition.
The Trinamool Congress reacted quickly and criticized Dasgupta for allegedly politicizing a sporting event like ‘Khel Diwas’. Trinamool Congress state general secretary Kunal Ghosh said, “The Khela Diwas will be organized to promote sports among children and youth and to build the nation. It is condemnable that BJP leaders have gone to such a level and are even politicizing the programme.”
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