Congress paid lavish tribute to the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru on his birthday on Monday, saying that 21st century India cannot be imagined without his tremendous contribution and that its relevance has increased after 2014.
Congress chairman Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary of the organization KC Venugopal, among others, paid floral tributes at Nehru’s memorial Shanti Van in New Delhi.
In a tweet in Hindi, former party leader Rahul Gandhi quoted Nehru’s lines: ‘Who is Bharat Mata? The people of India, spread over the vast country, are the most important. Mother India this is millions and millions of people.” “With these democratic, progressive and secular values of Pandit Nehru in my heart, I walk to protect ‘Mother India’ of ‘Hind Ke Jawahar’,” Gandhi said referring to his Kanyakumari to Kashmir ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also paid tribute to Nehru, posting a quote from the former prime minister on Twitter saying, “We need to build such a pretty big India where all her children can live.” Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor claimed that no central minister or “BJP notable” attended the ceremony to pay tribute to Nehru in Parliament’s main hall.
“Pushparchana performed for the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru ji in the Central Hall of Parliament this morning along with Speaker @ombirlakota, Smt Sonia Gandhi, M. @kharge and fifteen @INCIndia leaders. No central minister or other BJP notable was present. Duality extinct!?” Tharoor tweeted.
Several party leaders including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Venugopal paid glowing tributes to the loyal congressman on social media.
Born in 1889, Nehru remains India’s longest serving Prime Minister. He was Prime Minister from August 1947 to May 1964. He died on May 27, 1964.
In a tweet, Congress President Kharge said: “Pandit Nehru – the creator of modern India. 21st India cannot be imagined without his tremendous contribution.” “As a champion of democracy, his progressive thinking furthered India’s social, political and economic development despite its challenges. My humble tribute to a true patriot,” he said.
General Secretary of Congress Jairam Ramesh noted that the Bharat Jodo Yatra is in Hingoli district and coincidentally a book about Nehru in Marathi has just come out alongside the book in English and Hindi. “(Mo)Distorians will continue to distort, vilify and denigrate, but Nehru continues to inspire and its relevance has only increased after 2014,” Ramesh said on Twitter in a clear reference to the government of Narendra Modi coming to power at the Center .
He said 600 copies of Nehru’s iconic, The Discovery of India, will be distributed to Yatris on Monday. The copies were brought by a volunteer who drove all the way from Delhi for 23 hours at very short notice, he said.
Congress said from its official Twitter handle, “First PM of India, Pt. Nehru was a Social Democrat who coveted a welfare state.” “He was a humanist-secularist who sought national development on all fronts, including agriculture and science. Today, on his birthday, we celebrate his endearing legacy,” the party said.
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