Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday rubbished Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s allegations that he sat on Rabindranath Tagore’s chair during his recent visit to Santiniketan.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said the charges levelled against him are devoid of facts.
On Monday, while addressing the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged Amit Shah sat on Tagore’s chair at Santiniketan and disrespected the Nobel laureate.
Amit Shah said Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury presented “incorrect information” in the House.
“He isn’t aware of the facts. I am keeping the facts on record. The truth is that Jawaharlal Nehru sat on Rabindranath Tagore’s chair and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had tea on his sofa,” Amit Shah said while presenting some photographs as evidence in the House.
Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor of the Visvabharti University, where Santiniketan is located, has also written to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury informing him that his allegations are “patently untrue”.
“You have unfortunately been misinformed, as this is patently untrue. In the past, during their official visits to Uttarayan, a number of dignitaries, including the former Chancellors, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Madam Pratibha Patil, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Madam Shiekh Hasina, among others, have sat in that makeshift seat, which is actually just the edge of a window on which cushions are placed. This fact has been documented in photographs,” the vice-chancellor wrote in his letter.
“Thus not only is not a chair, but it was never been Gurudev’s seat at all,” it added.