Bengal CM pitches for four national capitals

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"It had people from Gujarat, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and all across India as he believed that since he was fighting for the country, everyone should be part of the force", said Mamata while delivering an address at the end of a 7.5km rally that she led on Saturday afternoon. Why should Delhi decide all things? "Why should we have only one national capital now?"

She also slammed the Centre for its decision to observe January 23 as "Parakram Diwas" to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and said the Narendra Modi government did not consult with her before announcing it.

She also said a monument, named after Azad Hind Fauj, will be built in Rajarhat area and a state-funded university, which is also being set up, will be dedicated to Netaji.

"I sometimes wonder how Netaji would have felt had he seen how a new and strong India is taking shape", he said at a programme at the Victoria Memorial Hall here. "They've spent thousands of crores in building statues and a new parliament complex", said Banerjee.

"You can name any port after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee..." On Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary, PM Narendra Modi also attended the worldwide conference on "Re-visiting the legacy of Netaji Subhas in the 21st century". Now the central government doesn't listen to anyone. They (the Centre) claim to idolise Netaji but (they) scrapped the Planning Commission and formed NITI Aayog. "We are celebrating this occasion in a grand manner because it's his 125th birth anniversary", said Banerjee.

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"From LOC to LAC, the world is witnessing the avatar of a strong India, just as Netaji had envisioned". "Rabindranath Tagore was the first to bestow the title of Deshnayak (national hero) on Netaji.", Mamata said at Netaji Bhavan.

"Tributes to Netaji Suubhas Chandra Bose, a great freedom fighter and a true son of Mother India, on his birth anniversary", the prime minister said in a tweet.

Issuing a statement after Mamata's reaction at the Victoria Memorial event, her party said, "During government of India's event on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's 125th birth anniversary, "Jai Sree Ram" slogans were hurled".

"Netaji was a firm believer in unity". We are celebrating this day as #DeshNayakDibas. We do not celebrate Netaji's birthday only in the years when there are elections.

The commander of Azad Hind Fauj had unflinching patriotism and his contribution to India's independence movement is remembered even today.

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