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Parakram Divas: PM Modi gives speech to honour Netaji; Mamata Banerjee refuses to speak amid chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Rida Shaikh

To commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the celebrations of ‘Parakram Divas’ in Kolkata.

The celebrations of the ‘Parakram Divas’ were held at the Victoria Memorial museum in West Bengal. The event was also attended by the Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that our country is steadily on the path that Netaji envisioned for us. PM Narendra Modi said, “The form in which Netaji is seeing us, he is blessing us. From LAC to LOC, the world is witnessing avatar of India that was envisioned by Netaji. India is giving a befitting reply wherever attempts have been made to challenge its sovereignty."

When Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was asked to speak at the same event, she refused. Mamata Banerjee refused to speak at the event amid all the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants.

Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I think that the government’s programme should be having much more dignity. This isn’t some sort of a political programme. It doesn’t suit you to insult someone after inviting them to an event. As a protest, I won’t be speaking today.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that the train commencing from Howrah will be named as ‘Netaji Express.’ The train was earlier named as ‘Howrah-Kalka Mail.’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose reached Andaman and unfurled the tricolour with his own soldiers. The declaration which he'd made was the first government of 'Akhand Bharat' and he was the first head of the Azad Hind government.”

Narendra Modi also said that if the society comes together and unifies at the forefront, we will be able to solve all sorts of issues quite effectively

Modi said, “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose used to count poverty, illiteracy, disease, among the biggest problems in the country. These problems can be solved if society comes together.”

Modi also said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life, work and decisions are an inspiration to everyone. He said, “Nothing was impossible for a person with such steely resolve.”

On the occasion of Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary, singer Usha Uthup also sang Rabindranath Tagore’s composition ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ in the presence of Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi.


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