Bengaluru: Close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hitting out at the Congress for relegating former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao and his contributions to the country, his (PV Narasimha Rao) grandson NV Subash too criticised the Congress for not recognising the contributions of PV Narasimha Rao.
The grandson also criticised the Telangana Congress for not paying obeisance to the late PM on his birth anniversary.
Pointing fingers at the Gandhi-Nehru family for the ill-treatment, he said, “After the Congress's 1996 debacle, he (Mr Rao) was sidelined due to many issues, which were not concerned with his government policies. The Congress party thought that if anyone apart from Gandhi-Nehru family continues then they themselves will not be noticed and so he was sidelined," Mr Subhash told ANI.
NV Subash also went a step further and sought apologies from Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
"All failures of the Congress party have been attributed to PV Narasimha Rao and his contributions have not been credited to him. I demand that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi apologise and pay tributes to him."
Vivek Reddy, a senior BJP spokesperson said, “The dynasty will not entertain anybody that seems to be a threat to the Gandhi family. This is the true reason for sidelining Narasimha Rao. There are many more such ‘Narasimha Raos’ whose services to the nation have been deprived to the Congress and the nation. This is how the dynasty has blocked talent, hard work, good people and great men who wanted to be of some use to the country. It’s a curse that is returning to the Congress now and the people of India do not want them anymore.”
Narasimha Rao, who was the prime minister from 1991 to 1996 is credited with bringing phenomenal financial reforms, particularly dismantling the License Raj.
He passed away in the year 2004. The Congress always maintained a safe distance from him as it was during his tenure that the Babri Masjid demolition took place.