PM Modi in West Bengal, Assam Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India is following the footsteps of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who had dreamt it to be a strong and powerful country one day. “Netaji had dreamt of a strong India; from LAC to LOC, we are following his footsteps,” he said.
Addressing a crowd at an event marking Bose’s 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, PM Modi also said Netaji had once asked people not to lose hope of free India. Similarly, no one can stop India from being Atmanirbhar. “Netaji would have been immensely proud to see India manufacturing own Covid vaccines and also helping other countries,” he added. He also stated that the country has decided to celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary (January 23) as ‘Parakram Divas’.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday refused to speak at Victoria Memorial event after a section of the crowd chanted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “There should be some dignity at a government programme. I am grateful to the Prime Minister and Ministry of Culture for inviting me. But one should not insult someone after inviting that person. In protest, I am not saying anything,” Banerjee said.
PM Modi on Saturday visited Kolkata and paid tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Netaji Bhavan on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. Modi also attended an international seminar on Bose at National Library and interacted with delegates and artists there. The prime minister’s aircraft landed at the NSC Bose International Airport around 3 pm, from where he took a helicopter for the city. Modi’s chopper landed at the RCTC Ground in the heart of the city where he was received by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state minister Firhad Hakim.