Shah, while inaugurating the "Shauryanjali Programme" - a tribute to the Bengali revolutionaries, urged the youth of the nation to draw inspiration from the life and struggles of the freedom fighters.
As the nation observed the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Saturday, there were competing claims to the rich legacy of one of Bengal’s tallest icons.
As the day dawned, ‘Ram Dhun’ was recited in Janakinath Bhawan to mark his birth anniversary after which Netaji birthplace museum was opened at 5 am for spectators.
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose government celebrated the day as 'Deshnayak Diwas', slammed the Centre for its decision to observe January 23 as 'Parakram Diwas'.
Apart from recalling Netaji’s contribution, Modi’s speech projected the Bengal icon as the leading light of India’s Independence whose dreams the present government is trying to realise.
Sisodia also said the pandemic has led to massive unemployment across the globe and universities will play the lead role in generating employment.
Netaji's birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday across West Bengal with several programmes held by the BJP-led central government and the TMC administration in the state.
CM Mamata Banerjee declined to speak at the event after the slogans were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said such "insult" was unacceptable.
As Mamata Banerjee stood up and started walking towards the podium, some of the audience chanted Jai Shri Ram slogan and said they would not want to listen to her.
Her demand came shortly before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft touched the runway of Kolkata airport.
CM Naveen Patnaik lays the foundation stone for a new bus terminal in the city named after him.
The prime minister's aircraft landed at the NSC Bose International Airport around 3 pm, from where he took a helicopter for the city.
Before the commencement of the procession from Syambazar area in the northern part of the city, Banerjee blew a conch shell and a siren
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.
Modi will be in West Bengal on Saturday to address "Parakram Diwas" celebrations in Kolkata to commemorate Bose's birth anniversary.