West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the renaming of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands was done just to “gain popularity” as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose himself named the islands as ‘Shahid’. ‘ and ‘Swaraj’ kept the lamp. peninsula in 1943
He also accused the Center of scrapping the Planning Commission that was envisioned by the great freedom fighter.
Notably, Andaman’s Nile and Havelock islands were renamed ‘Shahid’ Deep and ‘Swaraj’ Deep by the Center in 2018. Ross Island was also named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Deep to honor the freedom fighter.
Banerjee’s reaction came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 21 islands in the Union Territory after Paramveer Chakra awardees on Bose’s 126th birth anniversary.
“Today, just to gain popularity, some are claiming to name the Andaman islands after Shahid and Swarajdeep, but these islands were named by Bose when he visited the cellular jail,” Banerjee said. were,” said Banerjee.
The Chief Minister of Bengal was addressing a program organized on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.
Banerjee along with several dignitaries and Bose’s family members paid homage to the freedom fighter at the Red Road event.