Lok Sabha Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on statuary has asked Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to allow the West Bengal painting to showcase its cultural heritage and the life and contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the struggle for the freedom of the country on the day of the Republic.
The Congress leader called the rejection an insult to the people of West Bengal, their cultural heritage and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
In a letter to the Minister of Defence, Mr Chowdhury said: “I am disappointed and shocked to learn that the Central Government has rejected the proposal of the State Government of West Bengal for a painting showcasing its cultural heritage and the Netaji’s life and contributions in our struggle for freedom on Republic Day 2022. This is an insult to the people of West Bengal, their cultural heritage and our great hero Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”
He further stated that each state aspires to highlight its cultural tradition and icons on the Republic Day so that the general public at the national level becomes aware of it.
“Netaji is not only the pride of West Bengal but of the whole nation,” he added.
The Congress leader alleged that the central government showed its partiality by denying this opportunity to the people of West Bengal.
“In view of the above, I will request that West Bengal’s proposal to display his painting be considered favorably and allowed to display the symbol of our freedom movement – the great Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the cultural representative of Bengal, the heritage and aspirations of its people before the nation on this Republic Day,” he added.
Meanwhile, the central government decided to start Republic Day celebrations every year from January 23 instead of January 24 to include the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.