India, Jan. 23 -- PM Modi on Saturday became the third prime minister after former PMs Lal Bahadur Shastri and P V Narasimha Rao to visit Kolkata's Netaji Bhawan on freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose's birthday. The mansion on Elgin Road, where the freedom fighter's family lived, now houses a museum on Bose.

"Lal Bahadur Shastri was the first Prime Minister who visited this historic building on January 23 while being in office," said Bose's grandnephew and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chandra Kumar Bose who was present during Modi's visit. Rao visited the building in 1995 to attend Bose's birthday celebrations.

The prime minister's plane landed at Kolkata airport around 3 pm. He reached the RCTC ground in the Maidan area in a chopper ...