Ahead of the election in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kolkata on Saturday to celebrate the 125the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. PM Modi will also address the Parakram Diwas celebrations. After his Kolkata visit, the PM will head to Assam’s Sivisagar and distribute over one lakh land allotment certificates.
Notably, the BJP has locked horns with the ruling Trinamool Congress in Bengal ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled in April-May. The saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to woo the Bengali voters. A large number of TMC leaders have already jumped the ship and joined BJP. It includes heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, who these days is attacking the TMC leadership left, right and centre.
Multiple events around Netaji
The BJP, as well as the TMC, has planned several events around Bose, often called Netaji by admirers, as they seek to woo the voters ahead of the polls.
Subhas Chandra Bose was an iconic freedom fighter who hailed from the state.
The PMO noted that the central government had recently decided to celebrate Bose’s birthday every year as ”Parakram Diwas” to honour and remember his indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
This will also help inspire people of the country, especially the youth, to act with fortitude in the face of adversity as the celebrated freedom fighter did and to infuse in them a spirit of patriotic fervour, it added.
Modi will preside over the inaugural function of the celebrations at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
A permanent exhibition and a projection mapping show on Bose will be inaugurated on the occasion. A commemorative coin and postage stamp will also be released by the prime minister, and a cultural programme “Amra Nuton Jouboneri Doot” will also be held.
Before this event, Modi will visit the National Library, Kolkata, where an international conference “Revisiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century” and an artists’ camp are being organised. He will interact with the artists and other participants, the PMO said.
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