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New Delhi: Chandra Kumar Bose is the new face of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal.

It is not his politics, but the family DNA, which has swung the decision for the BJP. His two family members played a defining role in India’s freedom struggle: Chandra Kumar Bose is the grand nephew of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and grandson of Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The party is looking to leverage the emotional connect that Subhash Chandra Bose draws among Bengalis and is pitting him contest against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

“I have been talking to the BJP leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nearly two years now. The BJP is a nationalist party and I come from a family of nationalists. So I thought the BJP was the ideal party for me to join. Netaji believed in social and cultural harmony and the time has come when people should know about his legacy and ideology," said Chandra Kumar Bose soon after the party announced that he will contest against Banerjee.

The 55-year old is acutely conscious of his illustrous surname.

“My father Amiya Nath Bose had spent a lot of time with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The two of them had shared a same bedroom for six years. So I grew up listening to stories of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Every evening after dinner, my father used to spend at least two hours talking about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose," Bose added.

Bose further said that he wanted to join politics because the Congress party obliterated the ideology and legacy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised him that the BJP will help mainstreaming the ideology championed by “Netaji".

“Netaji believed in political, economic and social freedom. During our discussions, Narendra Modi has told me that the BJP will revive the message and legacy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The social fabric of the country is at stake, we have to bring back the heritage, culture and history of the country. India got political freedom but never got social and economic freedom," said Chandra Kumar Bose.

Interestingly, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had declassified 100 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on 23 January, the day Chandra Kumar Bose joined the BJP in a public meeting in Howrah.

“The Prime Minister has told me that every month, 20-30 files will be declassified now. I call 23 January as transparency day because for the first time after independence, the government decided to become transparent in its functioning. The Congress party never allowed the truth about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to come out," he said.

After studying economics from Hendrix College London in 1982, Chandra Kumar Bose joined Tata Management Training Centre in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand). He soon returned to Kolkata as a marketing executive and in his 18-year long association with the Tata group, he became the area sales manager. He left the company in the year 2000 and started his own company, Bose Information Technology Pvt. Ltd, which provides consultancy in human resource and skill development.

“I am also part of the open forum which works for declassification of files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and I am general secretary of Indian Socialist Democratic Forum that works for human rights awareness in third world countries," said Bose.

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