‘Don’t insult anybody after inviting’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said and refused to speak while sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at an event to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary, after slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were raised.
Banerjee said, “This is a government programme and not a political one. There has to be dignity. It doesn’t behove anybody to invite people and insult. I won’t speak. Jai Bangla, Jai Hind.” She said this after a section in the crowd raised slogans against her besides the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants.
The West Bengal Chief Minister, earlier in the day, said her party does not celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday only in the years when elections are scheduled. The saffron party never celebrated Netaji’s birth anniversary before, she added.
“We don’t celebrate Netaji’s birthday only in the years when elections are scheduled. We are celebrating his 125th birth anniversary in a grand fashion,” the Trinamool chief said at an event to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji.
‘Interfaith harmony was his ideal’
The TMC had taken out a 7km grand procession from Shyam Bazaar to Netaji’s statue in Red Road and blew conch shells. Paying tributes to the freedom fighter, Mamata said, “Netaji went to the war of independence of India with people of all religions and communities. Interfaith harmony was his ideal.”
“India is not about one nation, one political party,” she added.
“We will build an Azad Hind monument. We will show how it will be done. They’ve spent thousands of crores in building statues and a new parliament complex,” the TMC leader said. The monument will be built in Rajarhat area and a state-funded university will be dedicated to Netaji, she added.