Amid a confrontation between Trinamul Congress and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over the manner of celebrating Independence Day, the BJP on Monday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for playing politics over the issue.

The two parties, which have not been maintaining cordial relations since TMC’s open protest over demonetisation, have now crossed swords over a recent Central government circular.

The circular called for creating a mass buzz around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India Mission’. Towards that end it called for administering a ‘Sankalpa se Siddhi’ vow to all students across the country. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, however, said there was no need for following the circular in her state.

Reacting to Banerjee’s stand, BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao said, “Mamata Banerjee is wont to opposing the Central government on all its measures aimed at improving the lot of the common people in West Bengal. It is high time that the chief minister stops playing politics over the issue of patriotism.”

Rao said, “The circular only seeks to inculcate the spirit of patriotism among students and encourage them to celebrate the Independence Day and remember the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country.”

The BJP leader advised Banerjee to refrain from indulging in politics over the Independence Day celebrations as the people of West Bengal would never forgive her for this. He said Bengal has been the birth place of a large number of freedom fighters who laid down their lives fighting for India’s freedom from the British colonial power.