Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday congratulated West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for releasing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files for the public.
Kejriwal tweeted, “This is unbelievable. I congratulate Mamta di for bringing it out in public domain.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced on Friday that her government would, in aweek, make as many as 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose public.
This is unbelievable. I congratulate Mamta di for bringing it out in public domain https://t.co/sKBZ1JPODq
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 19, 2015
Making Netaji files public has been a thorny issue between the West Bengal government and the BJP-ruled Centre after bureaucrats at the Prime Minister’s Office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs were accused of stonewalling attempts to access the classified files that can potentially throw light on the freedom fighter’s disappearance.
The files contain letters supporting the theory that he was alive after 1945 and that his family was snooped upon.
Mamata said, “There are certain letters where many have said that he was alive after 1945.”
On 22 August, 1945, Tokyo Radio had announced that Bose died in an air crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.
But the crash theory has been rejected by scores of Bose’s followers and admirers, and claims of the revolutionary leader resurfacing continue to intrigue and divide Indians over the years.