Reconsider the decision to celebrate ‘Basanta Utsav’ ahead of Dol: West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: State education minister Partha Chatterjee asked the Viswa Bharati authorities to reconsider the decision to celebrate ‘Basanta Utsav’ (Spring Festival) ahead of Dol on March 9 and restrict entry of visitors in the programme. The minister also assured all possible assistances if the authorities decide to celebrate ‘Basanta Utsav’ traditionally like every year.
The remark comes after Viswa Bharati authorities decided to celebrate ‘Basanta Utsav’ probably on February 18 and 19 ahead of Dol this year. Unhappy with the VB plans, Chatterjee said, “Why is it that only students and teachers can participate, and no one else? How can it be done selectively? I request them to reconsider it”.
Disapproving the vice chancellor’s claim that the varsity authorities don’t get adequate number of police, the senior Trinamool minister said, “I will talk to the chief minister. We will look into why they can’t hold the festival on the day of Dol, despite the state’s law and order situation being fine”.
“I have told the Vice Chancellor that the central government run university is within its rights to take such a decision, but “the effect should not spill over to the state,” Chatterjee said.
Alleging that the VB vice-chancellor might be acting ‘under pressure’, Chatterjee said, “I have told the Vice Chancellor that the central government run university is within its rights to take such a decision, but the effect should not spill over to the state.” The government would not watch silently if there is any attempt to “weaken Bengal”s heritage and culture in an institution named after Tagore,” he added.





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