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Social media rumours have claimed that the official portrait of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose unveiled at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday was in fact a picture of Bengali actor who played him in a 2019 biopic.
The portrait was unveiled by President Ram Nath Kovind via Twitter on the 125th birth anniversary of Bose. However, some rumours have surfaced that the man in the picture is in fact Prosenjit Chatterjee who played Bose in the 2019 film 'Gumnumah'.
"After donating Rs. 5 lakhs to the Ram temple the President honours Netaji by unveiling a portrait of Prasenjit...God Save India (because this government certainly can't)," said Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Twitter. This has been seen as the latest in a series of tussles between the BJP and Bengals Trinamool Congress in the lead up to elections in April.
BJP members have refuted all claims however and reports say the photo used for the portrait was provided to artist Paresh Maity by family members of Bose himself.