Kolkata: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee writes a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, demanding Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversaries to be declared as ‘National Holidays’.

The great Hindu leader Swami Vivekananda’s 155th birth anniversary was celebrated on 12 January while Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary will be celebrated on 23 January.

The CM tweeted on Saturday, “Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose are national and international icons. I have written a letter to the PM urging the GOI to declare both their birthdays (Jan 12 and Jan 23) national holidays.”


Separately, earlier the expelled CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee had demanded to declare 23 January, Netaji’s birth anniversary, as ‘Desh Prem Diwas’ and a national holiday as a fitting tribute to “the forgotten hero” of the Indian Independence struggle.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu hoped that the government will take note of the suggestion but went on to add that members should not be seen asking for holidays.


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