Mamata Banerjee clicking a photo at Gandhi Bhavan Beleghata.
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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today laid the foundation stone for a university named after Mahatma Gandhi that will come up at Tamluk in East Midnapore.

This apart, she announced renovating the Gandhi Bhavan at Beleghata in Kolkata at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore.

Banerjee was today present in a celebration of Gandhiji’s birth anniversary organised by the state government at Gandhi Bhavan. She laid the foundation stone for the proposed university through remote control.

“On 15 August 1947, when all of India was celebrating the birth of Independence, Gandhiji was camping here at Beleghata for 15 days to contain communal flare-ups in certain parts. Hence, this Gandhi Bhavan is an important heritage. We have taken over this and will renovate it thoroughly. A museum on Gandhiji will be put in place here,” she said.

Explaining the justification of choosing Tamluk as the site for Mahatma Gandhi University, the Chief Minister said this is because Tamluk was one of the three places in the country where the Independence was asserted first.

Without naming the BJP, Banerjee affirmed that “Bengal cannot be bought with money, fundamentalism, and religious instigation. “This land knows tolerance, knowledge, and culture. Bengal is not a land of cowards; this land is not for hollow publicity.”