ACTION PUNJAB NEWS Desk: The West Bengal Assembly Budget session began in chaos on Thursday, with BJP legislators singing the national anthem while the state song was played.
Speaker Biman Banerjee, upon entering the House, instructed officials to play the state song “Banglar Mati Banglar Jal” before the start of the state Budget session.
However, as the song played, BJP MLAs stood up and began singing the national anthem. This was condemned by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who claimed it was an insult to the National Anthem.
“The national anthem is being played at the end. The BJP singing the national anthem while the state song is played is an insult to the national anthem,” Banerjee said.
JP MLA Agnimitra Paul responded to Mamata’s charge by stating that the national anthem is always played at the beginning and end of any government programme or budget session.
Last month, the West Bengal government issued a notification designating Poila Boisakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year, as State Day and the song “Banglar Mati Banglar Jal” written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as the state song.
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