Presidential candidate P A Sangmas campaign in Gujarat will be hosted by the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose-INA Trust,which seeks to project Bose as a taller leader than Mahatma Gandhi.
Sangma will address a gathering hosted by the trust,which celebrates the Azad Hind Faujs raising day on Friday where Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.
Addressing reporters,trust general secretary Brigadier (retired) R S Chhikara said they wished to appoint Modi as its national patron-in-chief.
He was accompanied by former BJP MLA from Godhra Haresh Bhatt,who had featured in the a sting operation on the 2002 riots.
With the aim of achieving one lakh members in the next two years,the Sangathan not only challenges Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest leader but also claims that it was efforts of Bose that got India freedom.
The trust believes that Subhash Chandra Bose was the first President of India in exile,and as soldiers,we believe him to be the first supreme commander. Even nine nations,including Germany,Italy and Japan,recognised him as the President in exile, said Brigadier (retired) Chhikara.
Though trust members claimed it was mere co-incidence and turn of events that Sangma and Modi are associated with the Sangathan at this point of time (while Sangma is chairman of the advisory body of this trust and a trustee,Modi is likely to become its chief patron),they did not decline the fact that the trust would be part of Sangmas campaign in the state.
On whether the trust would campaign for Modi during the Assembly elections,Chhikara said,The Sangathan is a very apolitical organisation… the trust will ensure not to help any person or party in any election.
Bhatt said the trust is a secular body with members from different political parties and retired officers from Army,Air Force and the Navy.
The main objective (of the trust) is to revive the lost legacy of Subhash Chandra Bose and ensure that his vision and ideology reach the future generations, he said.