The Congress sidelined PV Narasimha Rao to keep the focus on the Nehru-Gandhi family, said his grandson on Friday and demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for ignoring the former prime minister.
Rao’s grandson, NV Subhash, who is now affiliated to the BJP, claimed that Congress leaders did not pay respects to the former prime minister on his birth anniversary today.
“After Congress’s 1996 debacle, he (Rao) was sidelined due to many issues, which were not concerned with his government policies. The Congress party thought that if anyone apart from Gandhi-Nehru family continues then they themselves will not be noticed and so he was sidelined,” Subhash told ANI.
“All failures of the Congress party have been attributed to PV Narasimha Rao and his contributions have not been credited to him. I demand that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologize, and come and pay their tributes to him,” he lashed out at the grand old party.
Subhash had joined the BJP in 2014 and is one of the official spokespersons of the party’s Telangana unit.
He alleged that even on Rao’s 98th birth anniversary today, the Telangana Congress leaders did not pay their obeisance to the former prime minister.
“None of the Congress leaders from Telangana have come and paid floral tributes to him. Everyone, including BJP, TRS, and TDP came and paid their respects but not Congress. This shows how autocratic they are,” Subhash said.
Subhash outlined his grandfather’s contribution to the country and credited him for taking steps to lift the country from economic chaos.
“His contributions to Congress and the nation has been appreciated by everyone all over the world. When Narasimha Rao took over in 1991 after Rajiv Gandhi’s death, he contributed with the help of Manmohan Singh as finance minister. It (Our country) was in the doldrums. His contributions are immense which cannot be measured,” he said.
Subhash also heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for mentioning Rao’s name in the Lok Sabha.
“While addressing in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Narasimha Rao because of his contributions made in the country and due to the economic policy implemented in 1991. With that economic policy, the following governments did not deviate from it and now we see fruits of that economic policy,” he said.
On Tuesday, Modi took a potshot at Congress, saying that the party never recognized efforts of former prime ministers like Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Manmohan Singh.
“Did those in power from 2004 to 2014 ever talk about the good work of Atal Ji? Did they ever speak about the good work of Narasimha Rao Ji? In this Lok Sabha debate the same people did not even speak of Manmohan Singh Ji,” he said while replying to the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha.