Kolkata, March 27: He may be a political
greenhorn pitted against battle-hardened adversaries, but Netaji Subhas
Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose is hopeful of emerging as
the David slaying the political Goliath as he aspires to uphold the
revolutionary leader's ideals of nationalism in mainstream politics.
Taking on the might of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee from her stronghold South Kolkata's Bhowanipore
in the assembly polls, the Netaji scion and BJP candidate asserts it is
not a clash of personalities - rather a fight for development against
While the electoral arrangement between the Congress and
the Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front may have created a
buzz in the political circles, Bose counts out the LF-backed Congress
nominee and former union minister Deepa Dasmunsi from the race.
unholy tie-up will prove futile. It's a two-way fight," Bose told IANS
in sn interview, dismissing the Congress-Left adjustment.
who joined the saffron party earlier this year, says the electoral
contest has given him a great opportunity to be a worthy soldier of the
"It is always better to fight against someone who has
established herself rather than fighting a non-entity. It's not a clash
of personalities, rather a fight between the BJP's agenda of development
and the Trinamool's misgovernance and neglect," the 55-year- old Bose
said when asked about being up against the formidable Mamata Banerjee.
industry to law and order, from health to education, there is complete
anarchy and the state is steadily heading towards destruction," he said,
while going door-to- door and interacting with the voters.
of the state's most cosmopolitan constituencies - home to sizeable
number of Gujaratis, Sikhs, Biharis, Marwaris and various other
communities living alongside Bengalis - Bhowanipore has over 200,000
But Bose said even Bhowanipore, despite being the chief
minister's constituency and housing her residence, lacked many basic
"It is one of the first places in the city to get
submerged during the monsoon. Only cosmetic changes have been made, but
nothing has been done to improve the drainage system."
the BJP by "country's foremost nationalist leader" Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Bose's aspiration behind taking the political plunge is
to "establish Netaji's ideal of nationalism in mainstream politics".
his decision to join the BJP instead of the All India Forward Bloc
founded by Netaji, Bose said: "The irony is the Congress and the Left
parties, who have successfully obliterated Netaji's ideals and beliefs,
are now pointing figures at the BJP. The most communal party in the
country is the Congress which has been instrumental in numerous communal
riots since independence.
"And the most unfortunate thing is the
All India Forward Bloc preferred to join hands with the Left, forgoing
Netaji's principles," says the grandson of Netaji's elder brother, Sarat
Having actively campaigned for the
de-classification of secret government files on Netaji, Bose refuses to
give any credit to Banerjee for making public 64 classified files last
September, nearly four months ahead of the centre coming out with 100
such secret files on January 23.
"She chose to make them public
only when the assembly polls were not far away. This is nothing but an
attempt to derive political mileage."
"On the other hand, it took
Modi just over a year to declassify the secret files which contain far
more critical information. Not only that, his government has been
constantly endeavouring to get foreign governments, including Russia and
Britain, to declassify files in their possession," said Bose, claiming
the centre has already handed over at least 700 more classified
documents to the National Archives of India which will come in the
public domain shortly.
Having worked nearly two decades as a
management consultant with a global enterprise and a voluntary human
rights activist, the London-educated Bose affirmed his experience of
dealing with the masses would help him at the hustings.
ancestral house has been in Bhowanipore, so I know the people, realise
their problems and their aspirations," he said refering to Netaji Bhavan
located in the area.
Bose claimed his newcomer tag would also work to his advantage.
politicians make tall promises and then forget. And I, being a
non-political persona, people will give me their support," added Bose
who has been holding marches, and urging the people "to hand over the
state's baton to the BJP".
(Anurag Dey can be contacted at email@example.com)