'The English ruled the entire country from Kolkata. Why should there be only one capital city in our country?' the WB CM questions
India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that India must have four rotating capitals, reports Indian media.
Mamata Banerjee made the statement while addressing a rally in Kolkata marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
“I believe that India must have 4 rotating capitals. The English ruled the entire country from Kolkata. Why should there be only one capital city in our country?” media quoted her as saying.
Mamata kicked off a grand procession in Kolkata to pay tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Saturday.
While addressing the gathering, the West Bengal CM pointed out that Bose did not get his due respect and asserted that the state will celebrate the event as “Desh Nayak Diwas.”
"There has been no patriot like Netaji. He endorsed Tagore's 'Jana Gana Mana' for the National Anthem. He gave the 'Jai Hind' slogan. Netaji was a great philosopher. He envisioned the Planning Commission and the Indian National Army before Independence. But Netaji did not get his due respect," ANI quoted Mamata as saying.
Slamming the Centre, the Trinamool Congress(TMC) president said they claim to revere Netaji but scrapped the Planning Commission. She said that the BJP remembers him only when there are elections.
“They claim to idolize him but scrapped the Planning Commission. We do not celebrate Netaji’s birthday only in the years when there are elections. We are celebrating this occasion in a grand manner because it’s his 125th birth anniversary,” said Banerjee.
The CM also said that a monument named after Azad Hind Fauj will be constructed in Rajarhat area, adding that a state-funded university will be dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
When Kolkata became capital of the British Indian Empire
Kolkata remained the capital of the British Indian Empire from 1772 to 1911 after which the capital was relocated to Delhi.
Earlier, Murshidabad used to be the capital of Bengal when Mughals were in power. In 1772, under orders from British governor-general of India Warren Hastings all important offices were shifted from Murshidabad to Calcutta.
Kolkata not only became the hub of British mercantile, banking, and insurance services but also gained recognition as the intellectual centre of the Indian subcontinent.