Release Bose files at earliest, Didi tells Centre

Wednesday 07th October 2015 06:04 EDT

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the Centre to declassify all files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the earliest. After a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, she said, “We have already declassified all the files that were with us. The central government should do the same now.

Sixty-four files relating to Netaji, which might throw light on his mysterious disappearance, were released by the West Bengal government on September 18. Banerjee said copies of the CD containing the 64 files were given to the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, home minister and Lok Sabha Speaker. Altogether, 89 files related to Bose are with the central government. The foreign ministry is holding on to 29 files and the Prime Minister's Office has 60 files related to Netaji. Some files were already declassified by the central government and sent to the National Archives.

Banerjee said whenever she visits Delhi, she meets the home minister and the finance minister. “Last time I could not do it because there was heavy flood in Bengal,” she said. The CM said she urged the home minister to provide financial assistance to West Bengal for flood relief. “Disaster management fund is with the Union home ministry. A central team has gone to our state after the flood and they have submitted the report also. We have already spent some money from the state's fund. Now we want Centre's assistance,” she said.

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