Prime Minister Narendra Modi bowed in solemn reverence, Mamata Banerjee clamoured his birthday be declared a national holiday, but their competing claims over Subhas Chandra Bose The day began with colourful events where children donning the Indian National Army It ended in abject bitterness when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to deliver her speech at the main Bose, who Mahatma Gandhi once referred to as the TMC supremo Banerjee kicked off the celebrations with a grand procession in Kolkata, while Modi flew down to the city where he recalled the sacrifices of the leader, who went looking for support Both declared their faith in Bose The Centre and the BJP celebrated the day as We are celebrating his 125th birth anniversary in a grand fashion. Paying glowing tributes to Bose, who marshalled all his resources as he engaged in a military and diplomatic offensive against the British rule during World War II, Modi asserted Netaji would have been proud of how India is protected from its enemies from The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, while the LAC separates India and China. From LAC to LoC, the world is witnessing a strong India that Netaji envisioned. India today is giving a befitting reply wherever attempts are made to challenge its sovereignty, Will we ever be able to repay that debt? Lauding Bose for his indomitable courage and perseverance in pursuit of India Modi visited Mamata Banerjee, however, used the occasion to excoriate the Centre for scrapping the Planning Commission, which she claimed was conceptualised by Bose. The Planning Commission, a government institution which formulated India The Narendra Modi government disbanded it in 2014 and formed Niti Aayog. Banerjee said that she would ask the prime minister why the plan panel was replaced with NITI Aayog. She had said earlier this year that her government would come up with a Planning Commission-like body to take ahead the national hero A university named after Netaji will also be set up which shall be funded entirely by the state, and will have tie-ups with foreign universities, Modi, who also paid homage to Bose on his birth anniversary, said a grateful nation will always remember his sacrifice and dedication for its independence. Hours later, both sat on the landing on the steps of Victoria Memorial, the imposing 20th century structure built between 1906 and 1921 in the memory of the British queen Victoria. BJP A visibly agitated Banerjee, who was called to deliver her speech, fulminated over the There has to be some dignity. I thank the prime minister and the union culture ministry for holding this event in Kolkata. I protest against this.I won Jai Bangla, Jai Hind, Modi kept quiet and made no reference to her angry outburst, and began his speech soon thereafter, while Banerjee remained seated on stage. Later the two were seen seated in the front row while a light and sound programme went on, beaming Bose