CLAIM: TMC workers created a ruckus after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed them not to sing ‘Vande Mataram,’ at a party meeting.
FACT: The video of Trinamool Congress workers vandalizing the lobby of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly dates back to November 30, 2006 at the peak of the Tata Motors-Singur agitation when TMC legislators protested local police arresting Mamata Banerjee for violating prohibitory orders preventing her from visiting Singur.
A 2006 video shows Trinamool Congress party members vandalizing the lobby of the West Bengal assembly, upturning desks, throwing chairs and destroying furniture has been revived on social media once again and is being shared with misleading text.
The video, which was viral in 2017 with the same fake context, has been shared in the past few days on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
In Party meeting Mamata Banerjee instructed not to sing “Vande Mataram “ After that her party members broke party office furnitures and shouted “Vande Mataram “
Phir se hoga Paribarton.. pic.twitter.com/YEeoSIR9Rx
— Rudraksh (@Rudra812) April 8, 2018
The misleading text accompanying the video has also been translated into Hindi. (See screenshot of a WhatsApp message below)
The below excerpt from an article published by DNA in 2006 summarizes what happened on the day.
“The TMC supremo started shouting at the top of her voice alleging that the administration had acted ‘unconstitutionally’ by preventing her from entering Singur where the Tata motors proposed to set up a small car factory. She was intercepted at Hooghly and sent back. Instigated by the leader’s vociferous protest, party members swung into fury breaking chairs, tables, destroying the Assembly files, furniture and so on.”
According to an article in the Hindu, six MLAs from the Left Front, two staff of the assembly and two journalists were injured when members of both sides of the House came to blows. (Click here to read the Hindu’s story)
In July 2017 Hindi news channel Aaj Tak had debunked the video. (Watch from YouTube counter 4:10)
Ratan Tata’s dream project, the small car, which eventually went on to be named ‘Nano’, originally proposed to be built in West Bengal in 2006 was jinxed from the start. The proposed project between Tata Motors Ltd. and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led Communist Party of India (M) was eventually relocated to Gujarat following widespread violence and protests from agitating farmers. A line was finally drawn under the entire Singur fiasco when in August 2016 the Supreme Court set aside land acquisition and ordered the West Bengal state government to return land to all within 12 weeks.
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