A day after the Centre dropped Congress leaders from the reconstituted the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society, veteran Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge expressed his disappointment and said it was unfortunate that the government was taking everything politically.
“The government took this decision as they want their own people to be included in the panel,” the former MP was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Kharge was among the three Congress leaders—other being Jairam Ramesh and Karan Singh— who have been removed from the society that is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is its vice president.
The government, on the other hand, inducted television journalist Rajat Sharma and adman Prasoon Joshi among others.
“The central government has reconstituted the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society under rule 3 of the memorandum of association and rules and regulations of NMML society with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the president and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as vice president of the society,” said an order issued on Tuesday.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Prakash Javadekar, V Muraleedharan and Prahlad Singh Patel, ICCR chairman Vinay Sahsrabudhhe, Prasar Bharti chairman A Surya Prakash, secretaries of Expenditure, Culture and Housing and Urban Affairs, are its members. Besides, the chairman of the UGC, representative of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial fund, Raghvendra Singh, director of NMML and journalist Sharma are also the new members.
According to the order, the other members include Anirban Ganguly, policy researcher and author, Sachchinanda Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, academic Kapil Kapoor, Lokesh Chandra, Vedic and Buddhist scholar, Makarand Pranjpe, academic, writer, Kishore Makwana, academic Kamlesh Joshipura, researcher Rizwan Kadri along with Sahasrabuddhe and Rai.
“The term of the members is for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” the order further said.
Earlier, the Centre had appointed television journalist Arnab Goswami, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, BJP lawmaker Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and IGNCA chairman Ram Bahadur Rai as members of NMML Society, replacing four members who had opposed the move to build a museum for all PMs.
These appointments assume significance as the government is planning a major revamp of the museum.
With PTI inputs