It was a great occasion and wonderful celebration.
A team of India Against Corruption, Kolkata Chapter enthusiastically went to the event to be a part of the celebrations at 10:30 am. The police informed that the birth time of Netaji was 12:15 pm and first the Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will garland the great freedom fighter and then Team IAC will be given a chance. Ms Mamata Banerjee arrived at the spot at 11:45 am. A smiling CM met the people around along with Sri Mukul Roy, Sri Amit Mitra, Sri Samar Ghosh, Police Commissioner Sri R.K.Pachnanda and other dignitaries.
At 12:07 pm, about 40-50 people of the left parties led by Sri Ashok Ghosh and Sri Biman Bose started moving towards the venue. The police was trying their level best to stop them and say that the CM would garland first but the left party people kept moving forcibly and the CM smiled to let them go first. There were some altercations between the ruling party and the opposition at the feets of Netaji.... This was a little dramatic, little ridiculous, little shameful but after all, these are habits and qualifications of the politicians of India. Though the decision of the CM was appreciated by people around.
The announcements came on asking for other organisations and persons who wanted to pay their respects to Netaji to come forward. Team IAC moved forward with about 35-40 members and garlanded the statue of Netaji. And then, the CM followed by the Police Commissioner garlanded Netaji.
Then, there was a parade by the Police, RAF, school childred, Mounted Police etc. It was all very nice and in respect to the great hero of India.
The program ended with the tune of National Anthem played by the Kolkata Police band.