New Delhi, June 28: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah held opposition Congress party responsible for the country’s partition and alleged that the party had surrendered before the politics of appeasement. Addressing the first memorial lecture on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Kolkata, Shah said, “In 1937, Congress accepted Vande Mataram and even gave it the title of ‘national song’, but accepted only the first two stanzas and dropped the remaining. Had the Congress leaders not committed this mistake, the country would not have been divided.”Also Read - UP Cabinet Expansion LIVE: Jitin Prasada, 6 Others Likely To Get Ministerial Berths, Oath-Taking To Begin Shortly

He further said, “Congress introduced appeasement policy with this step, that later led to country’s division. Vande Mataram wasn’t, and still isn’t related to any religion. There’s no attempt to show anyone in a bad light. But Cong gave the nod to controversy some people created by linking it to religion.” Also Read - Bengal Assembly Bypolls: Prashant Kishor Enrolled As Voter From Bhabanipur; BJP Calls Him 'Bahiragato'

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Rabindranath Tagore sang the full Vande Mataram song at an All India Congress Committee (AICC) session for the first time in 1896. However, it became controversial as a large section of the Muslims were opposed to the worship of Goddess Durga mentioned in the song.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, arrived in Kolkata on Wednesday. He held two closed-door meetings with the party workers on organisational issues earlier. He also held a meeting with the party’s social media cell. The BJP chief is scheduled to visit Purulia and Birbhum districts tomorrow.

“Historians sometimes blame the Khilafat movement, sometimes the divide-and-rule policy of the British and at times, the two-nation theory of the Muslim League,” Shah added.

He will be visiting Tarapith Temple in Birbhum district and offer puja. It is to be noted that bodies of two BJP activists – 35-year-old Dulal Kumar and 20-year-old Trilochan Mahato were found hanging in Purulia district on June 2 and May 31 respectively.