Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool congress supremo felt insulted while she was addressing an event held to mark the 125th birth anniversary of honorable freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as a section of crowd started chanting ‘Jai shri Ram’ and ‘Modi’ just before she was was about to start her speech.
Angered by the chants she cut her speech short and said, “This is a government programme and not a political programme. There has to be dignity. It doesn’t behove anybody to invite people and insult. I won’t speak. Jai Bangla, Jai Hind”.
She left the stage fuming while PM modi was present throughout. She in her few minutes speech thanked PM Modi and centre for hosting the event in Kolkata.
After her speech PM modi was also called on stage but didn’t speak anything about whatever happened during Mamta’s speech and referred to her as ‘Behn’ in his speech.
India on Saturday recognized the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Bose. The Centre had earlier announced that his birth anniversary will be observed as ‘Parakram Diwas’ to inspire people and remember his indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
Early in the day, Mamata Banerjee led a march in Kolkata — from Shyambazar yo Red Road and questioned the Centre for noticing Netaji’s birth anniversary only in the year when the state is scheduled to go to the assembly polls. She doubted center’s intentions for celebrating the day at good scale only this year and gave it a political agenda. Banerjee also questioned why Centre called it ‘Parakram Divas’, why January 23 is not a national holiday, why there is no memorial for Netaji. Banerjee also mentioned that the West Bengal government celebrates the day every year, not only in the election year.
Written By: Shobha Makkar
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