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Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would have been proud to see that the country has become strong and is following his footsteps from the Line of Control (LoC) to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, while the LAC separates India and China.
Bose would have also been proud that the government he dreamt of is fighting a pandemic with vaccines developed by it, and gave a befitting reply whenever its sovereignty was challenged, Modi said on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji being celebrated by the Centre as ‘Parakram Diwas’.
“I sometimes wonder how Netaji would have felt if he had seen how a new and strong India is taking shape,” he said at a programme held in the Victoria Memorial Hall here.
“Netaji had dreamt of strong India, from LAC to LOC we are following his footsteps. Whenever our sovereignty was challenged, we have given a befitting reply,” he said while adding that country has a strong force and modern fighter aircraft such as Tejas and Rafale.
Modi arrived in Kolkata on Saturday afternoon to take part in the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Bose. His visit to the West Bengal capital comes at a time when the state will see assembly polls in a few months.
The prime minister’s aircraft landed at the NSC Bose International Airport around 3 pm, from where he took a helicopter for the city.
Modi’s copter landed at the RCTC Ground in the heart of the city at 3.25 pm.
The prime minister was received there by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and state minister Firhad Hakim.
After reaching Kolkata, he first visited the National Library in Kolkata and interacted with artists and delegates of the library.
He later reached Victoria Memorial, where the Parakram Diwas celebrations were organised. PM Modi was accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
The Prime Minister also participated in an ‘interactive exhibition’ organised in Victoria Memorial depicting 125 most important events of Netaji’s life. The exhibition will continue for next two years and is titled ‘Nirbheek Subhas’.
The PM and the Chief Minister made a rare joint appearance at the Victoria Memorial to launch the exhibition to honour Netaji but Mamta Banerjee cancelled her speech after being heckled by supporters of the BJP with chants of “Jai Shri Ram”.