Cong leaders pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 76th birth anniversary

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Telangana Congress leaders led by Uttam Kumar Reddy are seen paying tributes to the former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi on his 76th birth anniversary at Panjagutta and Gandhi Bhavan - Pix by P Anil Kumar

President of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) and Nalgonda MP Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the BJP Government of undermining the contribution of Gandhi-Nehru family by distorting the history.

Addressing party leaders and workers after paying floral tributes to the former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi on his 76th birth anniversary today at his statue in Somajiguda, Uttam Kumar recollected the contributions made by Raji Gandhi saying his efforts had laid the foundation for today’s modern India.

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The host of other Congress leaders who were present on the occasion including CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka, ex-CLP leader K Jana Reddy, ex-PCC Presidents V. Hanumantha Rao and Ponnnala Lakshmaiah, MLA Jagga Reddy, AICC Secretary A. Sampath Kumar, City Congress leader M Anjan Kumar etc. They also paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi’s portrait at the Gandhi Bhavan.

The TPCC Chief said that the Gandhi-Nehru family gave many sacrifices for the country. Rajiv Gandhi and his mother Indira Gandhi made the supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives for the integrity of the nation. However, he alleged that the BJP Government headed by Prime Minister Narender Modi has been trying to distort history to undermine their contribution in the development of a modern India. He alleged Home Minister Amit Shah even attacked Pandit Nehru over Kashmir policy.

Uttam Kumar Reddy further recollect that Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India at the very young age of 40 years in very difficult circumstances and left an indelible impression of his regime through a unique style of administration. He reminded that it was Rajiv Gandhi who empowered the youth by granting voting rights to the people of 18 years of age so as to involve them in the nation-building exercise. He also promoted Science and Technology at a large scale and inculcated scientific temper among all citizens. He introduced large scale reforms to boost the technological industry by reducing taxes, encouraged modernisation of industries and promoted higher foreign investments in the economy. He was the architect of digital India and father of Information Technology and Telecom Revolution of India’.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also recalled the services rendered by Rajiv Gandhi in strengthening rural India and championed the cause of Panchayati Raj system through the 72nd Constitutional Amendment. He said Rajiv Gandhi proclaimed the Panchayati Raj institution as the third tier of the government after the Center and the States. He believed in moral-based politics and therefore, introduced the Anti-Defection Law. Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister also announced National Policy on Education (NPE) in 1986 to modernise and expand higher education programmes across the country.

Uttam Kumar Reddy asked the Congress cadre to get inspiration from the life, Rajiv Gandhi. He also asked them to work hard to ensure the party’s victory in the forthcoming municipal elections for Greater Hyderabad, Khammam and Warangal.