New Delhi, Nov. 27 (ANI): Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for overlooking the legacy of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Congress on Friday said the attempt to enforce November 26 as the Constitution Day was a move by the government to ‘rewrite history’.
“The Leader of the House talks of the Constitution but doesn’t mention Pandit Nehru’s contribution. How is it possible that Nehru is not mentioned when we are discussing the history of Constitution of India? This is intolerance that the BJP is not able to recognise the contributions of the first PM of India. What will be the status of the Constitution day?” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
Raising the controversial topic of ‘intolerance’, Azad continued slamming the Centre and in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi said intolerance grows from the ‘top’ and percolates down.
“We are not able to recognise the contribution of the first Prime Minister of India. When you read the preamble of the Constitution, it conveys the objectives of Nehru, but you don’t mention him. This is what is called intolerance. The atmosphere in the country in the last one-and-a-half year is against the Constitution of India,” Azad said.
The Congress veteran asserted that intolerance was being manufactured by the government and added that the grand old party was in the business of manufacturing ‘love’.
Taking a dig at the Congress’ dark part, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier compared the 1975 Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government to Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
“During the 1970s, one of the biggest challenges we faced was Article 21 was suspended and the government succeeded in convincing the Supreme Court that if Article 21 was suspended. This was dictatorship at its worst. People who supported the Emergency are now talking about constitutionality,” he said. (ANI)