Protesting against the communally dividing Citizenship Amendment Act, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose opposed the Hindu Mahasabha’s “divisive politics” and fought for a secular and united India. Demanding that his birth anniversary be declared a national holiday, Banerjee said Subhas Chandra Bose through his struggle has sent the message of respecting all faiths and the best tribute to him would be to fight for a united India.

“Netaji had opposed the Hindu Mahasabha’s divisive politics. He had fought for a secular India. Now efforts are on to oust those who follow secularism,” Mamata Banerjee said at an event here to celebrate Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary.

She also slammed the Centre for “not being serious” about unravelling the mystery around Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance. “They had only declassified a few files and not taken any step to find out what actually happened. It is a matter of shame that even after more than 70 years, we don’t know what happened to him,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee’s demand comes after Jharkhand on Tuesday declared birth anniversary of founder of Indian National Army as a state holiday.