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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab on Tuesday slammed former BJD MP and editor of Odia newspaper Dharitri Tathagata Satpathy for his editorial on freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In his editorial 'Taniaani Samman', Sathpathy expressed his views on Netaji's 125th birth anniversary celebrations and other allied activities.

However, the opinion did not go down well with Mahtab who slammed Satpathy and said, "Sometimes ignorance is bliss for some people."

"Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born in Cuttack. He not only spent his childhood here, but also completed his matriculation. Later, when he was rusticated from Presidency College of Kolkata, he spent about one and half year in Cuttack," Mahtab said.

Mahtab said Netaji used to communicate with his neighbours in Odia while living in Odia Bazaar. He said Netaji in collaboration with Odia people had even worked for eradication of certain epidemic during his visit to Jajpur Road and Salepur.

"The whole world is proud of Netaji for his indomitable velour and love for the country. It is not right to write something like this against him," the Parliamentarian added.

Meanwhile, Tathagata Satpathy could not be contacted to comment on the issue.

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