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. Mr Roy had claimed at a public meeting earlier this month that Biswa Bangla is not a government entity but a private company owned by Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of CM Mamata Banerjee.
The globe matter snowballed into the legal alleys on Monday, when Trinamool Congress Youth president Abhishek Banerjee served a legal notice on Mukul Roy, demanding an apology from him within 48 hours for making false statements against him.
"On Tuesday, I met the governor and apprised him about the entire issue regarding Biswa Bangla", Mr Roy said after the meeting. The state government does not own the Biswa Bangla logo.
According to the Newspaper, 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. 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.
Mr Sinha had also said that when the government had approached the registry of trade marks, the authorities had said that two other applications were also submitted for it.
"Any department of West Bengal government can use the Biswa Bangla logo as the chief minister has transferred all rights to the government". Subsequently Abhishek Banerjee had withdrawn the two applications and the registration authority had accepted it, he added.