Updated: August 18, 2016 4:04:12 pm
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday courted controversy with an early morning tweet wherein he paid tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose on his ‘death anniversary’.
“Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an icon of exemplary valour and sacrifice. We remember and pay him our respectful tribute on his death anniversary,” Jaitley tweeted but deleted it after several users responded calling out the leader’s ‘error’. Netaji Bose is believed by many to have lived even though reports claim that the leader died in an air crash in Taiwan in 1945.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at Jaitley saying she was hurt by his tweet.
“Today is Raksha Bandhan I don’t want to hurt anybody. But shocked with @arunjaitley Ji hurtful tweet this morning on Netaji.We’re all hurt,” Banerjee tweeted.
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Family members of Subhash Chandra Bose as well as those connected to various organisations related to the leader, too, tweeted their dismay at Jaitley, urging him to take down the tweet.
The Narendra Modi government had, in 2015, taken a decision to declassify documents related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The government has released, in batches, several files on the leader. These documents have been made available online and are accessible on netajipapers.gov.in
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