Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Tuesday made it clear she would not change her decision
to rename Indira Bhavan and reiterated her charge that its
ally Congress was colluding with the CPI-M to organise sit-ins
and road blockades.
Most of the roads, establishments and projects in the
country were named after Congress leaders and when the state
government took an initiative to rechristen Indira Bhavan as
Nazrul Bhavan they (Congress) were trying to foment trouble,
Indira Bhavan was named so after former Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi had stayed in the bungalow at Salt lake during
the AICC session in 1972.
"There are so many roads, institutions and projects which
were named after their leaders. There should be some left for
other great people who took part in the freedom movement and
worked for development," she said speaking at a programme of
the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance
The chief minister stuck to her charge that Congress was
colludingwith CPI-M to organise dharnas and road blockades in
the state, but said "those who are doing this, cannot stall
the development process."
She said Nazrul Islam was not a leader of any single
community. He was a national leader who left his mark in the
freedom movement through his writings.
"An Indo-Bangla joint research academy on Nazrul will help
us carry forward studies on the great poet and strengthen
bilateral ties with Bangladesh," Banerjee said.