The Congress, accused by the BJP of disrespecting its own leader PV Narasimha Rao, has welcomed the announcement that the government will confer the Bharat Ratna on the former prime minister, but not without attacking the ruling party.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge praised Rao’s contribution to nation-building and India’s nuclear programme, and also noted that economic reforms were carried out under his government in 1991. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi , and party leader P. Chidambaram also expressed happiness over the announcement. from Bharat Ratna to Mr. Rao, former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh and Dr. MS Swaminathan, father of India’s green revolution.
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On behalf of the Indian National Congress, we welcome the Bharat Ratna awarded to Shri PV Narasimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh and Dr. MS Swaminathan.
1. Former Prime Minister and former Congress President Shri PV Narasimha Rao has contributed immensely to the nation…
– Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) February 9, 2024
Stating that Mr. Rao made significant contributions to India’s nuclear program and his tenure was marked by a series of foreign policy achievements, including the ‘Look East’ policy, the Congress chief added: “His vital role in the prosperity and development of our nation will always be appreciated.”
Calling Chaudhary Charan Singh “a son of the soil”, Kharge said he had helped strengthen rural India. He also praised Dr Swaminathan as “an institution builder par excellence”.
“The Congress Party applauds their vision, their hard work and the exceptional legacy of these national icons, which the nation has always celebrated,” the Congress president posted.
According to a report by news agency PTI, when asked about Bharat Ratna’s ads, specifically about Rao, Sonia Gandhi said, “I welcome them…why not.”
While former Union Minister P. Chidambaram welcomed the announcement, he also criticized the BJP, stating that it is “disregarding” the contribution of the three men.
“Happy that secular socialist leaders have received the Bharat Ratna award. It is gratifying that the BJP is discovering the contribution of the three eminent men,” Chidambaram posted on X.
Happy that secular socialist leaders have received Bharat Ratna award
It is gratifying that the BJP is discovering the contribution of the three eminent men.
I don’t care that the recognition occurred on the eve of the general elections.
Tribute to the memory of…
– P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) February 9, 2024
“It is of no importance to me that the recognition has come on the eve of the general elections. A tribute to the memory of the three Bharat Ratna awardees,” the post read.
Unpacking the politics
The BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have often accused the Congress of “disrespecting” Narasimha Rao, and the prime minister has also accused the party of “ignoring” the leader to serve its purpose of glorifying a family.
Chidambaram’s reference to the eve of the general elections is seen as an allusion to comments by some that the BJP hopes to gain political benefits by awarding the Bharat Ratna to Rao, who was the first south Indian to become prime minister. Minister. Rao was from the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh and the southern region is the only part of the country where the BJP is considered to be on the defensive ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.