Mamata's nephew demands apology from Mukul Roy

BJP president Amit Shah is seen welcoming former Trinamool Congress Leader Mukul Roy into the party fold

BJP president Amit Shah is seen welcoming former Trinamool Congress Leader Mukul Roy into the party fold

On the surface it may seem like much ado over a logo, but an innocuous blue globe with the Bengali alphabet "ba" embossed on it in fluorescent yellow has suddenly turned into a matter of slugfest between the West Bengal government and BJP leader Mukul Roy, who recently switched over to the saffron party from Trinamool Congress. On November 10, Roy had alleged that Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, owned "Biswa Bangla", and it was not a government entity. They are trying to mislead the people of Bengal.

In connection with reports of multiple applications for trademark registration of the "Biswa Bangla" logo, State Additional Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said CJ Associates, on behalf of Abhishek Banerjee, had withdrawn its application and this had been accepted by the Registrar of Trade Marks. "Any department of the state government can use it". "Hence, the logo can be used in events like film festivals or football tournaments or any other major gatherings as the new identity of the state is linked with the logo", Bhattacharya said. "The paid up capital is fully financed by the Department of MSME and Textiles".

West Bengal government on Saturday iterated that the Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation is totally owned by it and is not a private entity. Abhishek Banerjee, who is TMC MP and Trinamool Youth Congress president had yesterday sent a legal notice to Roy claiming that the BJP leader had made "false" statements against him and demanded an apology within 48 hours on receipt of the notice. Mr Roy said he has also written to the Department of Personnel and Training regarding the statement given by the officers of the state government.