Amid the ongoing tussle and war of words between the Centre and West Bengal Government, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at the Modi-led faction for not declaring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as a nationwide holiday. She said it seems BJP does not consider Netaji as a national leader.
The West Bengal CM’s comment comes on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Subhash Chandra Bose museum at the iconic Red Fort to mark the nationalist leader’s birth anniversary.
“It seems they do not consider him (Netaji) to be a national leader,” she said at a programme held in Darjeeling to celebrate the 122nd birth anniversary of Bose, reports PTI.
Highlighting the role played Netaji in India’s freedom struggle, Banerjee said he had taken with him people from all communities and races for the fight for Independence, from the Darjeeling hills to those in other parts of the country for forming the Indian National Army (INA).
“Netaji had talked of togetherness and unity of all people of the country,” she said, adding a person who takes people from all sections along is a “true leader”. She said this is also the reason why Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Babasaheb Ambedkar were great national leaders.
“We will be successful only when we are together,” she said at the programme organised at Chowrasta, popularly known as the Mall in the heart of the hill town. She also said that it is still not clear what happened to Netaji on his disappearance.
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