Sad Netaji’s birthday not a national holiday: Mamata
Darjeeling: It is sad that no central government has declared Netaji Subhas Chadra Bose’s birthday as a national holiday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday on his 122nd birth anniversary.
“Netaji’s contribution to this country cannot be measured. I feel sorry that his birthday has not been declared a national holiday by the Central government,” she said at a programme here to mark Netaji’s birth anniversary.
“No government at the Centre has done this so far. They still do not give him his deserved respect as a national leader,” she added.
“The day is a state holiday in Bengal but it is a matter of shame that we still do not know anything about his demise. We do not know where and how he died or what happened to him,” she said.
Taking a veiled dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Trinamool Congress chief said the leader of the nation should be someone who can inspire people across all communities and religions, not someone who tries to divide people.
She also accused the Centre of making false promises to people before elections.
“The people of Bengal hills have wanted a Central university for a long time. But they (Centre) did not give it. They only make high promises before elections but do not deliver. We have built a university in the hills,” Banerjee added.