NEHRU’S 132nd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: JAIRAM RAMESH SLAMS BJP OVER ABSENCE AS MINISTERS AND TOP OFFICIALS

In an official function in the parliament, to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, several senior ministers and presiding officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were absent. This has triggered a political controversy. Congress leader and the party’s chief whip Jairam Ramesh tweeted on the matter. 

“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 was present. Can it get more atrocious than this?!” he tweeted in rage. Though he said ‘not a single minister’ was present, a press statement from the LS secretariat mentioned the name of Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma as among those who paid floral tributes. In the previous years, several ministers had attended the function, including Prahlad Joshi, Vijay Goel, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, etc. 

 

“Nothing surprises me anymore. This dispensation is destroying India’s great institutions, including #Parliament one day at a time,” tweeted Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien

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