Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy has strongly condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on India’s first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Friday, Narayana Reddy described Modi’s remarks against Pandit Nehru accusing him of dividing the nation to become Prime Minister as an insult for all the martyrs who laid down their lives for independence.
He said it was highly unfortunate that PM Modi made a false and irresponsible statement on the floor of Lok Sabha to score a point in the Delhi Assembly election. “When the Prime Minister himself can twist the historical facts in Lok Sabha, then one can imagine what ordinary BJP workers can do outside,” he said.
Narayana Reddy reminded that Shyma Prasad Mukherjee, who later formed Jan Sangh, was the Industries Minister in Pandit Nehru joined his cabinet. “It is ridiculous that followers of people who tried to betray freedom movement and acted as spies of British are now distributing certificates of patriotism. They are now questioning the intentions and ambitions of freedom fighters who sacrificed everything for the country,” he said.
The Congress leader also condemned BJP leadership for not taking any action against its MP Anant Kumar Hegde who called Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle a ‘drama’. Similarly, he said BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur repeatedly insulted Mahatma Gandhi by praising his killer Nathuram Godse.
“BJP leadership did not take any action against the MPs who tried to humiliate Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru or other freedom fighters. Now, after PM Modi’s statement against Pandit Nehru, it is clear why other BJP leaders were spared. BJP simply hates Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and other leaders. But occasionally they use Gandhi Ji’s name for political mileage,” he said.
Narayana Reddy also condemned PM Modi remarks on the process adopted to pass Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the Parliament for creation of Telangana. He said Modi was not a Member of Parliament in 2013-14 and therefore, he might not be aware of what exactly happened in the Parliament.