Featured Image: Mukul Roy addressing the BJP rally in Kolkata on Friday afternoon.
Kolkata: IN his first public address since joining the BJP, Mamata Banerjee’s former lieutenant Mukul Roy has chosen to hit her where it might hurt the most!
Addressing a crowd-filled BJP public rally at Rani Rashmini Avenue in the city today afternoon, Roy has alleged that Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is the owner several brands and organisations associated with the Bengal government and the Trinamool.
According to him, Biswa Bangla ~the brand and logo ~ that the Mamata Banerjee-government had been promoting, is actually owned by Abhishek and registered at his 30B Harish Chatterjee Street.
To back his comment, Roy showed a document from the dais purportedly containing the registration of Biswa Bangla in the name of Abhishek, who also happens to be a Trinamool Lok Sabha MP.
The Trinamool government has been promoting Biswa Bangla as a brand at the active interest of the Chief Minister and has so far opened seven upscale Biswa Bangla showrooms in Bengal and in Delhi selling expensive handloom and handicrafts produced in Bengal.
Its website reads: “Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles of the Government of West Bengal has promoted Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation to improve the quality of life of Bengal’s handloom weavers, craftspersons, and custodians of heritage.”
The website is, however, is registered in the name of one Skannd Tyagi of e-Info Solutions Private Limited of Little Russel Street in central Kolkata.
Next, Roy referred to the twin grass flowers logo of Trinamool and the party’s daily mouthpiece Jago Bangla. He alleged that both of these are also registered and owned by Abhishek Banerjee. In this case, too, he showed the crowd documents that are supposedly the registration papers.
STATE GOVT REACTS
State home secretary Atri Bhattacharya has reacted to Roy’s allegations about ownership of Biswa Bangla. He told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna that Biswa Bangla brand and logo were conceived and created by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Biswa Bangla is not an ownership firm. It is a brand of the state government. It was conceived by the CM and she has allowed the state government to use it,” the home secretary said.
Trinamool, on the other hand, is yet to explicitly react to Roy’s claims that Trinamool logo and mouthpiece are actually owned by Abhisekh Banerjee. Party’s secretary-general Partha Chatterjee, however, pinched Roy saying that he is not taking time to change colour.
“He spoke one thing till the other day and now saying something else at BJP’s behest. No one will believe what he is saying,” Chatterjee said.