January 16 ANI Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Statuary asked Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to allow West Bengal tableau to showcase its cultural heritage and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's life and contributions to the country's freedom struggle on Republic Day.
The rejection was seen by the Congress leader as an insult to the people of West Bengal, its cultural heritage and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
In a letter to the Defence Minister, Chowdhury said, "I am disappointed and shocked to learn that the Central Government rejected the proposal of the State Government of West Bengal for a tableau showcasing its cultural heritage and Netaji's life and contributions to our Freedom Struggle on Republic Day 2022. This is an insult to the people of West Bengal, its cultural heritage and our great hero Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. He added that every state aspires to showcase its cultural tradition and icons during Republic Day so that the public at large will be aware of the same.
Netaji is not only the pride of West Bengal but of the entire nation, he added.
The Congress leader said that the Central Government has shown its bias by denying this opportunity to the people of West Bengal.
He said that the proposal of West Bengal to showcase its tableau may be kindly reviewed favourably and the same may be allowed to showcase the symbol of our freedom movement - the great Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bengal's cultural heritage and aspirations of its people before the nation on this Republic Day.