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Mamata Banerjee criticized for holding mega IPL victory celebration amid national mourning
When the entire country was in the grip of grief and shock on the sudden demise of Union Cabinet minister Gopinath Munde and the central government has declared national mourning, Chief Minister of West Bengal was busy in celebrating victory of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR), along with Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan.
Not only this, amid celebration Mamata Banerjee also forgot to pay her last tributes to a state BJP leader and her former ministerial colleague in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA govt, Tapan Sikdar, who had been cremated on the same day.

Is it appropriate to hold such a mega celebration, when there was national mourning in effect? Leaders of various political parties, when contacted, criticized the celebrations while saying that Mamata Banerjee has crossed all the levels of bizarreness, by holding such celebration amid loud music and dance.

West Bengal BJP President Rahul Sinha said, “They don't have knowledge when to celebrate and not.” He also pointed out that Knight Riders is not the team of Bengal and their is no one from Bengal in the team, “Knight Riders is not our team, then for whom we are wasting so much of money. This government does not want to work for the development of the state and they have only one single aim and that is to waste the money on celebrities and superstars.”

Sanjay Nirupam, a senior Congress leader feels that TMC should have avoided such kind of celebration, as the whole nation was mourning. He said, “As Gopinath Munde, who was relatively a younger leader had an accident and died. Everybody was shocked, and in that condition of shock anybody in the country, whoever it is, if he is a right thinking person, should have avoided celebrating any sort of happiness.”

Mohammad Salim, a CPM spokesperson termed the whole event as an absolute rubbish thing and says that IPL is a private tournament and government has no role to play in it.

“It's not a state team nor a national tournament, their is no business of the government to take part in any form in the process of marketing or vending of the team. Secondly when the state mourning is declared, Tapan Sikdar, who was the ministerial colleague of the present chief minister in previous NDA government and fought the elections together, his body was lying for the funeral, and the chief minister along with its entire state machinery was busy in dancing and celebrating IPL victory,” said Salim.

Mohammed Salim also pointed out toward poverty in the state and highlighted an incident where a poverty-stricken couple had to sell their child in Jalpaiguri district.

“She has spent crores of rupees on the celebrations, she even came back from Jalpaiguri, where she was holidaying by a special aircraft, the private aircraft was stationed in Kolkata for hours just to take her back. At the same point of time in the same district a poor and hungry mother has sold her child and even refused to take the child back, because she has no meal to feed the child. This is the state of affairs in West Bengal,” added Salim.

On this point Salim also got the backing of Rahul Sinha, who said, “The Chief Minister had cancelled her scheduled North Bengal visit and booked a chartered flight to attend the celebration for a club, which neither has ties with West Bengal nor has any local representation. The manner in which she has spent money on the programme does not reflect our cash-strapped position."


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