West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday cautioned against attempts to distort history and said that such ploys should be resisted at any cost as she received an honorary degree from the state-run Calcutta University.
The CU has announced that it will bestow the honorary D.Litt on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, an alumnus, for her contribution to social service at its convocation on January 11.
At least 13,900,000 names are missing from the list, she added.
VC of North Bengal University has filed a PIL against the plans of Calcutta University. He claimed the Calcutta University's decision is "arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning".
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He submitted that the syndicate or senate decision did not attribute any reason for conferring the award on Banerjee.
He reasoned that those who have chose to confer the honour to the chief minister are the CU senate members who are appointed by the state government which is headed by Ms Banerjee as its chief minister.
Petitioners also argue that serious doubts have already been raised in public domain over academic credentials of Mamata Banerjee including her so-called "PhD Degree" which she herself refrains from using.
The Indian chief minister said they will be given shelter in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts. The government's argument that former chief ministers Jyoti Basu and Dr BC Roy, too, had received similar degrees from the university was incorrect, Mukhopadhyay said, as they had received their honorary degrees after stepping down from their position.