West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kicked off a grand procession to pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.
“We do not celebrate Netaji’s birthday only in the years when elections are scheduled. We are celebrating his 125th birth anniversary in a grand fashion. Rabindranath Tagore described Netaji as Deshnayak. That is why we have decided to celebrate this day as Deshnayak Diwas,” she said. The Centre had named the day as Parakram Diwas
“Netaji was one of the greatest freedom fighters of the country. He was a great philosopher,” she said.
Banerjee also urged the Centre to declare Netaji’s birthday as a national holiday.
The 7-km procession will culminate at the Netaji’s statue on Red Road where Banerjee will be addressing the gathering.