Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday demanded four national capitals in India. Addressing a public rally to honor Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, Mamta said, “Why would there be only one national capital? Why not four national capitals — one in North, South, East and West India. Why can’t these four national capitals run on a rotational basis? “
“Why will everything be limited to Delhi only? I would like to ask my Members of Parliament to raise the demands of four national capitals in Parliament. We need to change our thinking. Only one leader, one nation will not do. I do not understand why the Center is using the word ‘aram parakram’ while celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji, ”she said.
Criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to rename Netaji Port to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, she said, “If they are very concerned about Netaji, why have they changed the name of Netaji Port to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Dock.” ” Netaji had foresight to conceptualise a Planning Commission and the Indian National Army before independence. The BJP claims that they install the statue of Netaji, but they have also disbanded the Planning Commission.”
Take Parakram Divas program ‘will be in the midst of deadlock between BJP and TMC ahead of important assembly elections in West Bengal.
While the Center wanted to celebrate Bose’s birth anniversary on January 23 as ‘Parakram Divas’, the Trinamool Congress insisted that the day should be celebrated as ‘Desh Prem Diwas’.
Left and Congress leaders have also been invited to attend the program. There is speculation that PM Modi may announce the renaming of the iconic Victoria Memorial to Netaji Subhash Chandra Memorial. There will also be cultural events, including Usha Uthup and Assamese singer Papon.
Commenting on the possibility of a change of name of Victoria Memorial Hall, Netaji’s grandfather Chandra Kumar Bose said, “We do not support any effort that changes our history. The iconic Victoria Memorial Hall is part of British history and we We cannot abruptly erase 200 years of British rule from our history. “
She said, “If we really want to honor Netaji, then I think the text books should include his thoughts and outlook.” The youth should embrace Netaji’s inclusivity and I think this would be the right way to honor him on his 125th anniversary. “