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Netaji's birth anniversary celebrated in Kolkata

The CM pays floral tributes to Netaji after unveiling his portrait at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 21:24 IST

Subhas Chandra Bose's 110th birth anniversary was celebrated in West Bengal on Tuesday with unveiling of his portrait at the state secretariat by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and various cultural programmes.

The Chief Minister paid floral tributes to Netaji after unveiling his portrait at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings for the first time in front of his office.

The corridor in front of the CM's office was so far occupied by a bust of Bidhan Chandra Roy, state's first chief minister, and portraits of Rabindra Nath Tagore and Desbandhu Chittaranjan Das.

Bhattacharjee later garlanded the statue of Netaji at the Esplanade area in front of Raj Bhavan along with several other leaders and eminent personalities.

Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi visited the house of the great leader and paid floral tribute to his portrait there. He also attended a seminar, organised by the Netaji Institute for Asian Studies in Kolkata.

Left Front constituent Forward Bloc, founded by Netaji, and different cultural organisations celebrated the Day with songs, beating of drums and hoisting of national flag.

The state government organised a programme at the historic Mahajati Sadan, inaugurated by Rabindranath Tagore and attended by Netaji, to pay tribute to the leader.

The undivided Communist Party of India had once described Bose as 'a traitor' for his armed struggle against the British during the Second World War.

However, Bhattacharjee a couple of years ago had said that his party's assessment of Bose was a mistake.

First Published: Jan 23, 2007 21:24 IST