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Mamata Banerjee Targets BJP, Says Party Trying To ‘Distory’ West Bengal’s History

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that the pain and trauma of partition were such that the people of West Bengal have never commemorated any day as ‘Foundation Day’ since India’s Independence.

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Mamata Banerjees press conference at Nabanna
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged that the BJP is trying to distort the history of how the state was created. 

TMC chief Banerjee said if that is not opposed, June 20 will be established as the State Foundation Day.

“They (BJP) are trying to distort history. If we don't oppose it then this day (June 20) would be established as State Foundation Day,” she said, reported PTI.

In a letter to state Governor CV Ananda Bose earlier, Banerjee had said that the pain and trauma of partition were such that the people of West Bengal have never commemorated any day as ‘Foundation Day’ since India’s Independence.

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Despite her objections, the State Foundation Day was observed in the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata and in various other states on June 20 this year.           

On June 20, 1947, two meetings of separate sets of legislators in the Bengal Assembly were held. One of those who wanted West Bengal as part of India, voted in favour of the resolution by a majority. The other was of legislators of areas which eventually became East Pakistan. 

For the district of Sylhet which was part of Assam, it was decided to conduct a referendum. 

Nearly 2.5 million people were displaced from both sides and properties worth crores of rupees were burnt down in post-partition rioting.
 

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