Raising a Muhammad bin Tughlaqesque issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that India must have four rotating capitals instead of just one national capital in Delhi. Mamata said this while addressing a rally organised to pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.
While speaking at a rally in Kolkata on 23 January to mark Netaji’s birth anniversary, Mamata Banerjee took to attack the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I believe that India must have four rotating capitals. The English ruled the entire country from Kolkata. Why should there be only one capital city in our country? Why not four national capitals — in northern, southern, eastern and one in western India. Why can’t these four national capitals function on a rotational basis?” said Mamata Banerjee.
Described by several historians as an “inhuman eccentric”, Tughlaq had in 1327 moved his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad (in present-day Maharashtra) in the Deccan region of India. Independent India has a few states that have rotating capitals.
Mamata Banerjee today took out a major rally in Kolkata on 23 January to celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary hours ahead of Modi’s event to mark the occasion.
She declared that Netaji’s birthday would be celebrated as Desh Nayak Diwas. She informed that this year’s Republic Day Parade in Kolkata will be dedicated to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. “This year’s Republic Day parade in Kolkata will be dedicated to Netaji. A siren will be sounded today at 12:15 PM. We urge everyone to blow shankh (conch) at home. Centre must also declare January 23 as a National Holiday,” she wrote in a series of tweets.
Mamata Banerjee proposed that Centre should reintroduce the Planning Commission which was abolished by the Modi government. “Niti Aayog and Planning Commission can co-exist, Centre should reintroduce the panel,” said Mamata Banerjee and reasoned that the panel was conceptualised by Netaji which the Centre has removed now.
On Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary, Mamata Banerjee demanded that the day be declared a national holiday for the country.
“When Netaji constituted the Indian National Army, he took everyone including people from Gujarat, Bengal, Tamil Nadu. He stood against the divide and rule policy of the British. We will build an Azad Hind Monument. We will show how it will be done. They’ve spent thousands of crores in building statues and a new parliament complex,” said Mamata Banerjee on 23 January.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a massive rally or padayatra from Shyam Bazaar to Red Road in Kolkata to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose prior to Narendra Modi’s visit to Kolkata.