Kolkata: The primary opposition in Bengal, Left Front asked the center government to declassify all the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The front said that the mystery revolving around Indian freedom fighter’s death should be solved.
Briefing media persons after a meeting of Left Front partners, the combine’s chairman Biman Bose also sought a discussion in parliament on the declassification issue.
Mr Bose claimed that the hitherto secret files brought into the public domain by the state’s Mamata Banerjee government have not shed any new light on Netaji’s mysterious disappearance.
“So, we feel the central government should declassify the files related to Netaji so as to solve the mystery relating to what happened to him after August, 1945.”
In September, Ms Banerjee had declassified 64 files related to the revolutionary leader.
Mr Bose said the Left Front would celebrate Netaji’s birthday on January 23 as “Deshprem Divas” (Patriotism Day) when a rally would be taken out from central Kolkata’s Subodh Mallick Square to the leader’s statue on Indira Gandhi Sarani.
With the assembly election scheduled this year in Bengal, all the political parties are trying to use sentiments relating to the great Indian icon. This last week, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made the same demand.(IANS)
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.