Statue of Unity: TMC asks how Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is unifier when he supported Bengal partition
TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said history will remember Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as one who had supported the partition of Bengal.
- TMC attacked Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel‘s credentials as nation-builder
- Also slammed BJP for not having a legacy
- Said BJP has co-opted leaders from other parties
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress used the occasion to impart a history lesson to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Questioning Patel’s role during the partition,
TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said while BJP may project him as the “unifier” of India, history will remember him as one who had supported the partition of Bengal.
“We, particularly the people of Bengal and Punjab know very well who were responsible for the partition. The demand for partition of Bengal and Punjab was equally raised by Hindu Mahasabha,
the RSS, the Muslim League and was ultimately supported by the Congress and Sardar Patel was part of it. This historical fact should be kept in the mind,” the TMC MP told India Today TV.
It was not Patel but Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Who annexed Kashmir into India? It was not Patel but Jawaharlal Nehru. Who united Hyderabad with India?” Roy asked.
“BJP does not have any brand name or leader whom they can sell in the political market of the country.
They have always appeared in the political scenario from time to time in different names and different organizations. First, it was Hindu Mahasabha,
then they came out as Bhartiya Jan Sangh before finally emerging as BJP. They don’t have any legacy from our freedom struggle,”
“They don’t have any other option because they cannot import Karl Marx and Lenin like the Communists!”
the TMC MP quipped, adding that in its bid to prove that they are patriotic the BJP must, therefore, import some leader from some other party.
“The Congress had a glorious past with many stalwart leaders during the freedom struggle.
Therefore BJP first imported Gandhi and all of a sudden BJP members became Gandhites. Now they have hired the name of Sardar Patel,” Roy added.