Mamata Banerjee refused to address the function attended by PM Narendra Modi and other dignitaries after ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans were raised as soon as she was invited to the stage. As the CM walked towards the stage to address the function, some people from the crowd started chanting, ‘Jai Shri Ram. Reacting strongly to this, Banerjee said.Today, West Bengal Chief Minister
I think the government program should have dignity. This is not a political program. It doesn’t suit you to insult someone after inviting them. As a protest, I won’t speak anything,” quoted ANI Banerjee as saying. Banerjee had not started her speech when the slogan was raised by a section of the crowd at the Victoria Memorial. Once she refused to speak, the organizers had no choice but to invite PM Narendra Modi to address the function.
Prime Minister Modi was there to celebrate the Netaji’s birth anniversary as ‘Parakram Diwas’, an announcement that Mamata Banerjee had already publicly expressed her displeasure. Banerjee had said that the West Bengal government would keep celebrating Netaji’s birth anniversary as ‘Deshnayak Diwas’. She has also reiterated her demand to declare Netaji’s birth date January 23 as a national holiday. The Centre has decided to observe January 23 as Parakram Diwas every year from now onwards to commemorate the birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose.