Congress Fumes As Senior Ministers, Veep, Speaker Skip Nehru Anniversary

On Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary floral tributes are paid to his portrait in Parliament.

New Delhi:

The Congress was hugely upset today, with its leaders complaining that no minister was present at the traditional function in parliament to mark the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. Even Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu had skipped the function, the Congress said.

November 14 is the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister and floral tributes are paid to his portrait in the Central Hall of Parliament every year.

Former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh tweeted: “Extraordinary scene today in Parliament at the traditional function to mark the birth anniversary of those whose portraits adorn the Central Hall. Speaker Lok Sabha absent. Chairman Rajya Sabha absent. Not a single Minister present. Can it get more atrocious than this?!”

The function this morning was attended by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma. Besides, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other members of parliament were present.

The portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru was unveiled by then President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnan, in the Central Hall of Parliament House on 5 May, 1966.


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