Congress has slammed the Narendra Modi government for disrespecting the former prime minister, Indira Gandhi, on her death anniversary after no one from the Centre attends prayer meeting in former prime minister’s memory.
Anand Sharma, who was a key minister in Manmohan Singh government, attacked the Narendra Modi government for “deliberately disrespecting” the memory and martyrdom of Indira Gandhi, describing her as the “tallest leader, and a popular Prime Minister who gave her life for India.”
“Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom is respected by the people of this country. It is matter of shame that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government are disrespecting the memory and ultimate sacrifice of India’s late prime minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi,” he said.
“I would like to remind the BJP and the RSS that they should also remember Sardar Patel’s action and the decision to ban the RSS. They should also publish this in their government advertisements,”Sharma said.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari today paid floral tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 32nd death anniversary while Rahul Gandhi led a march from 24 Akbar road to 1 Safdarjung road, where the former Prime Minister was assassinated.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present at the Indira Memorial, where the Congress Vice President paid tributes to her along with party President Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders.
The dignitaries attended a prayer meeting on the occasion during which no one from the Union government was present, senior leader Anand Sharma said.
Sharma also attacked the Narendra Modi government for “deliberately disrepsecting” the memory and martryrdom of Indira Gandhi, describing her as the “tallest leader, and a popular Prime Minister who gave her life for India.”
Leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sharma, Kumari Selja, Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala covered the one- kilometre-long distance from the Congress headquarters to the memorial with Rahul.
Earlier, the party had cancelled the annual commemoration programme at Shakti Sthal as it continues to remain shut after reporting a number of duck deaths amid the bird flu scare in the city.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)