The celebration plans for the 125th birth anniversary of India’s legendary freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has sparked another political slugfest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the ruling-Trinamool Congress in West Bengal ahead of the state assembly elections this year. Bose’s birth anniversary will be a year-long celebration beginning this January 23.
While the Centre has decided to celebrate Bose’s birthday as ‘Parakram Diwas’ (the day of valour), Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that the day will be observed as ‘Desh Nayak Diwas’ (the day of the national hero).
Following her Purulia tour on Tuesday, CM Banerjee said, “West Bengal will observe January 23 as ‘Desh Nayak Diwas’”. Taking a subtle dig at the BJP, riding on the “outsider” jibe, she said, “I don’t know the exact meaning of ‘Parakram’, maybe there are three to four meanings, so I can’t discuss now.”
Soon after Union Minister announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan for ‘Parakram Diwas’ in Kolkata, the TMC berated the…