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Modi, Mamata make Netaji's birth anniversary centre-stage in poll-bound Bengal today Netaji Birth Anniversary

Modi, Mamata make Netaji's birth anniversary centre-stage in poll-bound Bengal today

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Jan 2021, 11:21 am

Kolkata/IBNS: With 10 or little more weeks left to plunge into an electoral battle in West Bengal, the ruling parties of the country and the state are set to make the 125th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose the centre-stage in the poll-bound state on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the nucleus of India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will make a visit to Kolkata in the afternoon.

Modi will meet artists at the National Library at 3:30 pm and participate in an event at Victoria Memorial an hour later.

The central government has already declared the day as "Parakram Divas".

Modi's arch-rival West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also heads the state's ruling Trinamool Congress, has a plan to hit the streets and walk eight-km from Shyambazar Five Point to Red Road to pay respect to Netaji.

Banerjee, who has demanded a national holiday from the Centre on Jan 23, is expected to be flanked by artists and literary people on her journey, scheduled to begin at 12:30, to downtown Kolkata.

The CM, who has referred to the day as "Desh Nayak Dibas", has also announced a state university in the name of Netaji and a monument titled Azad Hind Fauj, in Rajarhat.