'Don't insult after inviting,' Mamata Banerjee refuses to speak at Centre's Netaji event

Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday refused to address the 'Parakram Divas' celebrations on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's birth anniversary organised by the central government at the Victoria Memorial here amid 'Jai Shri Ram' chants in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence.

If you invite someone to a government programme, you should not insult them This was unacceptable, she said.

Banerjee had not started her speech when the slogan was raised by a section of the crowd at the Victoria Memorial event to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the legendary freedom fighter.

"I think government's program should have dignity. This is not a political program.... It doesn't suit you to insult someone after inviting them. As a protest, I won't speak anything. Jai Bangla, Jai Hind," she said, wrapping up after Jai Shri Ram slogans were raised when she was invited to speak.

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