The controversy surrounding the renaming of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library has sparked a heated exchange between the Congress and the BJP. The Congress party has accused the Modi government of displaying a “petty mindset” by renaming the museum, while the BJP argues that the Congress cannot see beyond one family, referring to the Nehru-Gandhi leadership.
BJP Claims Inclusion of All Prime Ministers, Congress Alleges Neglect of Nehru’s Contributions
According to BJP leaders, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library previously focused solely on Jawaharlal Nehru, but now it includes the contributions of all Prime Ministers. They argue that the name change reflects the recognition of the collective contributions of various leaders. However, the Congress party continues to criticize the Modi government, alleging that Nehru’s contributions were not properly showcased in the museum. Congress leader Gourav Vallabh emphasizes Nehru’s role as the architect of modern India and questions the removal of his name from the board.
BJP’s Accusation of Congress as a “Family Ltd Company” and “Family Ltd Enterprise”
Shehzad Poonawalla, a BJP spokesperson, asserts that the Congress party is limited to one family and compares it to a “Family Ltd Company” and a “Family Ltd Enterprise.” He questions why the contributions of Prime Ministers like HD Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral, Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, and others, who did not belong to the Nehru-Gandhi family, should not be celebrated in the museum.
Counterarguments and Response
Sushil Modi, a BJP MP and former Bihar deputy chief minister, supports the inclusion of all Prime Ministers’ contributions in the museum. He states that while the focus was previously on Jawaharlal Nehru, it has now expanded to recognize the contributions of all Prime Ministers.
Congress leader Gourav Vallabh rebuts the BJP’s actions, citing a statement by Vajpayee that emphasizes the importance of not displaying a petty mindset. He questions how the Modi government can remove Nehru’s name from the board and argues that Nehru will always remain in the hearts of the people.
Name Change and Society Meeting Details
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society (NMML) has been renamed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society. The decision to change the name was made in a special meeting of the NMML, presided over by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who serves as the vice president of the society.
The renaming of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library has ignited a fierce debate between the Congress and the BJP. While the BJP claims that the name change reflects the inclusion of all Prime Ministers’ contributions, the Congress accuses the Modi government of a “petty mindset” and neglecting Nehru’s role. The controversy underscores the ongoing political tensions and differing perspectives on India’s past leaders.
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