President Kovind's inaugural address highlights Centre's 'pettiness': Congress

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 26, 2017

Referring to President Ram Nath Kovind's first speech where the names of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi were missing, Congress in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday attacked the ruling BJP for disrespecting the father of the nation and India's first Prime Minister.

"It is very sad and unfortunate that he did not take the name of Nehru who was a freedom fighter though he did mention his cabinet colleagues BR Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his speech", leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after Kovind's speech. "He (Kovind) mentioned two of the then ministers (Patel and Ambedkar) in his speech, but failed to mention the name of Nehru".

Sharma said that the BJP has every political right to remember Deen Dayal Upadhyay and pay tributes, but they can not be equated to the father of the nation. "He is not the President of BJP, but now the President of the country", News18 reported Azad as saying. "This will be the India of the 21st century", Kovind had said during his first speech as President. How can you equate the leader of just a party - that too at that time he was the leader of a non-existent party... the BJP - with Gandhiji.

Addressing the gathering at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind, who sworn-in as the 14th President of India today, said, 'I am aware I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as Pranab Da'.

"We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji".

Gandhi. was inspiration for so many leaders, as a result of which so many countries got independence. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. "Principal architect of our Constitution Bhimrao Ambedkar instilled in us the value of the republican ethic", he said, making no reference to first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru or any other Congress leader of that era. These are integral to our sense of humanism.

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