Modi disrespected Indira’s sacrifice, says Congress
Modi disrespected Indira’s sacrifice, says Congress, Sharma said it was \"ironical\" that Modi was flagging off \'Run for Unity\' and not even mentioning \"the supreme sacrifice of one of the greatest leaders of our times\".
New Delhi: Congress on Friday termed as 'disgusting' and 'petty-minded' the way the Narendra Modi government marked the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi while the ruling BJP wondered if that party 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 told reporters in New Delhi, adding, it showed Modi and BJP for what they are.
The Centre on Friday celebrated Sardar Patel's birth anniversary, which coincides with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's death anniversary, as National Unity Day with Modi flagging off the 'Run for Unity' campaign here this morning. Unlike the previous Congress-led UPA Government which used to commemorate Gandhi's death anniversary with wide media publicity and events, the new government has instead chosen to celebrate Patel's birth anniversary.
Sharma said it was "ironical" that Modi was flagging off 'Run for Unity' and not even mentioning "the supreme sacrifice of one of the greatest leaders of our times".
Taking a jibe at BJP, he said Patel was a Congressman who as the then deputy prime minister and home minister had banned RSS, the ideological mentor of the ruling party.
Refuting the allegations of Congress leaders, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said there was no question of belittling the importance of any leader while stressing that Patel should be a role model for all.
"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," he said.
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.
Modi receives Patel's belongings
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was gifted keepsakes of his idol Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose 139th birth anniversary was marked with unprecedented ardour by his government. PM Modi received some of Sardar Patel's belongings, including plates, cups and saucers used by the iconic leader, from Sheila Ghatate of a Delhi-based NGO, Manjiri Trust. The objects had been willed to Mrs Ghatate by Sardar Patel's grandson Bipin Dahyabhai Patel and his wife Lui. PM Modi said the objects were a "unique part of India's heritage" and appropriate arrangements would be made for their storage and preservation.
PM rakes up 1984 anti-Sikh violence
New Delhi: PM Modi raked up the anti-Sikh violence that followed the assassination of Indira and said it was a "dagger" in the centuries-old fabric of India's unity as he dedicated the birth anniversary of Patel. Flagging off run for unity on the 139th birth anniversary of the first Home Minister of the country, Modi noted that the day was being commemorated as death anniversary of Indira but made a veiled reference to the anti-Sikh riots that followed her assassination. Modi said Patel devoted his life for the unity of the Nation and it was unfortunate that "our very own people" were killed on his birth anniversary 30 years ago.