22.9.15

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Seven calls in eight days from PMO to Bose family

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In eight days of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's announcement about the declassification of 64 Netaji files, Bose family received at least seven calls from the Prime Minister's office seeking details of the issues they have planned to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 14. The family members have also been asked to prepare and send a probable agenda for the meeting.

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Chandra Bose, grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Bose received a call from PMO on Saturday too. He was asked to send the list of the people, willing to attend the meeting between PM Modi and Bose family. "We were asked to send an agenda. And they told us that they would call the concerned people to address the issues immediately. They might call the national security adviser and union home secretary too in the meeting. It seems that the Prime Minister is also serious this time," Chandra Bose told ET.

Around 35 members from Bose family and 14 researchers and scholars would be attending the meeting, added Chandra Bose. "The PMO appears to be quite active this time. And they are cooperating with us too. We will request Prime Minister Modi to initiate a probe into the snooping scandal and to write to the British and Russian governments for releasing the files they have in their possession," added Bose.

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Adding that the human rights of the family were violated for two decades, he said, "We have seen that many letters and communications did not even reach my father Amiya Bose, my uncle Sisir Bose and my grand father Sarat Bose.The letters were retained. The people who used to meet our family members were also under surveillance. My father and grand father were shadowed in foreign countries too. This was the magnitude of the snooping operation."

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Meanwhile, BJP has taken a stand on declassification of all existing files. "The family members met our national president Amit Shah some days back. And they would be meeting Prime Minister too. Our party has, in principle, taken a stand supporting the declassification of all files related to Netaji. But the final call would be taken by the government of India. BJP feels that the nation has right to know about the national hero and what happened to him. With declassification of Netaji files, true colour of many people will come out," Kailash Vijayvargiya the National General Secretary of BJP told ET.

Read this in Hindi: PMO से बोस परिवार को 8 दिनों में 7 फोन