West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately stated she had chosen the date August 16 to look at Khela Diwas or Day of Sport as a mark of respect to sixteen soccer followers who died in a stampede throughout a soccer match on today in 1980 at Kolkata’s Eden Garden stadium.
Yesterday, in her annual Trinamool Martyrs’ Day speech delivered just about, she stated she needed to commemorate the slogan and the spirit it symbolized on today. Coined by a younger social gathering chief, the slogan turned an anthem within the Assembly ballot marketing campaign.
But immediately’s rationalization on why August 16 was chosen was presumably a response to criticism of her selection of date by Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, identified to be near the BJP.
Mr Dasgupta had tweeted yesterday that August 16 was the day the Muslim League launched its Direct-Action Day in 1946 that triggered the nice Calcutta killings — communal riots through which many lives have been misplaced.
“In immediately’s West Bengal, Khela Hobe has come to represent a wave of terror assaults on opponents. Interesting Mamata Banerjee has declared August 16 as Khela Hobe Diwas, he stated.
His tweet strengthened BJP claims of widespread post-poll violence in Bengal. The matter is in reality at the moment in Calcutta High Court.
“16 August was commemorated by many sporting golf equipment earlier. But that’s dying out now. That’s why now we have chosen to mark Khela Hobe Diwas on August 16,” Ms Banerjee stated.
“In the approaching days, Khela Hobe certainly. To defend civilization and tradition, sports activities, the sporting spirit is essential. Those who’re misinterpreting do not perceive that spirit,” Ms Banerjee stated, including, “Khela Hobe has develop into a theme throughout India. We are comfortable about that. So, now we have mounted a day to rejoice the spirit.”
On 16 August this 12 months, the state’s sports activities and youth division will distribute one lakh footballs to sporting golf equipment throughout the state. 283 golf equipment of the Indian Football Association will get 10 footballs every. The relaxation will go to golf equipment in villages.
“50,000 ‘pleasure’ footballs have already been made by our moms and sisters,” the Chief Minister stated. “Joyee” is the model title of footballs being made by an NGO run by former footballers.
August 16 can be a day after Independence Day. “But our freedoms are being threatened immediately. We have to defend that. We have to struggle for freedom of speech,” Ms Banerjee added.
Yesterday, in her Martyrs Day speech, Ms Banerjee had attacked the BJP and stated, “Khela Hobe in lots of states and can proceed until the BJP is ousted from energy within the nation.”