THE Congress targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for his government’s decision to discontinue two stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The party said the move “depicts that hatred of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government in seeking personal vendetta has reached its zenith”.
The Congress recalled that the government had earlier changed the names of two awards — Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar and Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Gyan-Vigyan Maulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar — by removing the names of the two former prime ministers.
“Coming on the heels of blatantly partisan move of diluting the essence of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, this is yet again a black-hearted attempt on part of the RSS-BJP combine led by Prime Minister Modi to sidestep and expunge a powerful legacy of sacrifice and selfless nation building…,” said Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala.
An RTI query by The Indian Express revealed that two stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, launched by the Department of Posts in December 2008 as part of its series titled Builders of Modern India, have been discontinued.
“RTI replies and news reports reflecting the distastefully brazen manner in which the Modi government has decided to discontinue postal stamps issued in memory of the former prime ministers depict that hatred of Prime Minister Modi and his government in seeking personal vendetta has reached its zenith. What is most reprehensible is the fact as to how low can the Modi government stoop in its sinister attempt to erase the memory of the two martyr PMs of the country,” he added.
He said the Congress condemns the “poisonous attempts” of the Modi government “at revising and rewriting India’s legacy of service and sacrifice” and vowed street protests against the move.