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Featured Image: A mobile grab of the Trinamool hoarding that the BJP leader posted on his Twitter wall.

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 15 August: BJP’s joint-in charge for the party organisation in Bengal Sidharth Nath Singh on Saturday did not lose time to take a dig at the Trinamool Congress after the later bungled up an Independence Day greetings in the hoardings that it put up in several places in Kolkata.

Trinamool Congress’ sports cell had put up a number the hoardings throughout central Kolkata to greet people on Independence Day. But the hoardings, that were in Hindi, ended up referring to 15 August as “Gantantra Divas”, which means Republic Day celebrated on 26 January every year.

On getting to know of the blunder, the BJP national secretary posted a photo of the Trinamool hoarding on his Twitter wall @sidharthnsingh and wrote: “shame TMC cannot differentiate between Independence Day and Republic Day.”

To make the punch more severe, Mr Singh directed the tweet to @MamataOfficial, the official Twitter handle of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

The reaction was prompt: not very long after the BJP leader’s tweet at 12.56 pm, Trinamool Congress rectified the blunder by pasting flex strips inscribed with the Hindi word “Swatantrata” over “Gantantra” in all the hoardings.

But that was not the only embarrassment that the Bengal’s ruling party had to face on Independence Day.

At state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah, education minister Partha Chatterjee could hoist the National Flag only in third attempt as those responsible for making the arrangements had fastened the Tri Colour in a manner that it did not unfurl in the first two attempts.

This apart, at Barasat in North 24-Pargans, Trinamool Congress party flag was hoisted together with the National Flag.

The central Independence Day celebrations at Red Road in Kolkata where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hoisted the Tri Colour and inspected a parade, however, passed off without any trouble.