#NewDelhi: The politics of the capital became active with the recognition of Durga Puja in Bengal by UNESCO. Chairman M Venkaia Naidu said that he was proud of the recognition of Durgapujo of Bengal in the Rajya Sabha. At the same time, he said, everyone has a responsibility to preserve this tradition and culture. On the same day, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha said, “Bengal’s Durga Puja has been listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is a matter of great joy and pride.” The chairman said in the Rajya Sabha that the recognition of Durgapujo in Bengal by UNESCO is a matter of pride for the whole of India. Other MPs present at the meeting also congratulated him.
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In the last assembly elections, the BJP had sharply criticized the Trinamool Congress and Mamata Banerjee and the state government over Bengal’s Durga Pujo. Several BJP leaders had commented that Durga Pujo was not allowed in Bengal. According to the grassroots leadership, UNESCO has given a worthy answer to all those BJP leaders by recognizing Durgapujo in Bengal. In the words of Trinamool MP Saugat Roy, “BJP leaders are looking for a place to hide after hearing the news of UNESCO’s listing of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”
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On the other hand, BJP MP Dilip Ghosh in Delhi today said, “Everyone knows that Durgapujo was about to close. We had to go to the High Court to get permission for Durga Pujo. He further said that Durgapujo of Bengal is the wish of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Durgapujo can be done only if he gives permission, Durgapujo cannot be done without his permission.
Dilip Ghosh further said, “Trinamool thinks that they have started Durga Pujo in Bengal.” It is pertinent to note that congratulations have been pouring in on social media since this morning. Netizens think that the recognition of Durgapujo by UNESCO has elevated the whole of Bengal in the world assembly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister and BJP leaders from Home Minister Amit Shah onwards greeted Bengal with UNESCO recognition.
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