PM Modi’s way of treating Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary disgusting, petty-minded : Congress
The Congress termed the Narendra Modi government’s way of marking the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi as “disgusting” and “petty minded” while the ruling BJP wondered if Congress prefers to see history through the perspective of Nehru-Gandhi family. “It is petty-minded, it is partisan and disrespectful to those who gave their lives to their country, particularly Indira Gandhi who gave hers for the unity of this country,” Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said. Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary was celebrated by the Centre as National Unity Day, which coincides with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Modi flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ campaign in the morning on the occasion. The previous Congress-led UPA government used to commemorate Gandhi’s death anniversary with wide media coverage and events, unlike that the new overnment has chosen to neglect that and rather celebrated Patel’s birth anniversary. Modi’s flagging off ‘run for Unity’ and no mention of “the supreme sacrifice of one of the greatest leaders of our times” was termed as “Ironical” by Sharma. Rebuking the allegations imposed by Congress Leaders, Union Minister Venkajah Naidu said, “There is no question of belittling the importance of any leader…Every leader has their place in history. There is no question of denying that. But Sardar Patel is one of the top most leaders who was a freedom fighter, unifier of India…who should be role model for all,”. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said Modi had remembered Gandhi and sent out a tweet about Gandhi’s death anniversary and accused Congress of doing politics over the issue. “Congress is trying consistently to politicise such issues and is in fact raising questions about itself. Are they against unity and they prefer to see everything in history through the perspective of Nehru-Gandhi family,” he said. Congress leader Manish Tewari said it was the responsibility of every government to honour Gandhi’s sacrifice and if any dispensation did not do it, then it was detracting from its duty.