Prime Minister Narendra Modi was absent from the 30th death anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi an event which was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and top leaders of the Congress paid floral tributes to her according to Times of India. All congress party stalwarts were present at this annual event and the displeasure of not seeing any one from the current government ministers was palpable which it seems will snowball into a major political disagreement between congress and the BJP.
The reason was PM Modi and his cabinet decided to celebrate the 139th birth anniversary of India’s Iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as National Unity Day. However in his official tweeter handle the PM said “I join my fellow countrymen & women in remembering former PM Smt. Indira Gandhi on her Punya Tithi.” Mr Modi said it was unfortunate 30 years go Indira Gandhi got assassinated on the birth anniversary of the man who united India.
But one thing is very clear congress party leaders must be very angry with the PM for not showing up to this event because in the past all PM’s regardless of which party they belonged to paid their tributes. However this whole incident will take a political nature because Mr. Modi also brought the issue of the 1984 riots which ensued after Indira Gandhi was assassinated in which thousands of Sikhs were killed.
The Congress party will certainly say that the BJP government is trying to hijack one of congresses greatest leaders Sarder Patel who was one of the founding fathers of Modern India and responsible for uniting more than 500 princely states. From the outset of his campaign Modi had always talked about his admiration of Sarder Patel even though he was the man responsible for banning the Hindu Nationalist Group the RSS. But over the years the very organisation which he banned started celebrating him for his nationalistic ideals.
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