BJP, TMC spar over cops playing Mamata Banerjee's corona awareness song on Tagore's birthday

BJP, TMC spar over cops playing Mamata Banerjee's corona awareness song on Tagore's birthday

The West Bengal Police asked its units statewide to play a coronavirus awareness song written by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today, on the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

But not everyone was pleased with the idea.

For Locket Chatterjee, the BJP MP from Hooghly, the police orders were "outright insulting" and amounted to "imposing the CM" on the public.

"What do Mamata Banerjee’s awareness songs have to do with celebrating Gurudev’s life and legacy?" asked Mukul Roy, a BJP leader who was once with Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

"It is not just an affront to Gurdev but also makes light of the fight against corona!" he tweeted.

On the other hand, Madan Mitra, a Trinamool Congress leader, said the chief minister had tried to use the occasion to spread awareness about the coronavirus and accused the BJP of "dirty politics".

The state police were asked to create tableaux and play a collection of Tagore songs -- as well as Mamata Banerjee's -- "in important residential areas and housing complexes of towns and cities" between 9 am and 11.30 am today.

The programme would be a tribute to Tagore, "the versatile bard of Bengal", the order said.