New Delhi (dhns): The NDA government’s move to discontinue postage stamps featuring former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi has triggered a fresh controversy.
The Congress has condemned the decision, accusing the government of trying to revise and rewrite India’s legacy of service and sacrifice.
The Congress’s hard-hitting statement against the government’s move was revealed in a RTI reply.
“People of this country will not let this government get away with the lowly politics of revenge,” Randeep Singh Surjewala, in-charge of the AICC communication department, said. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar dismissed the Congress’s charges saying the government merely expanded the list of leaders who feature in the Rs-5 postage stamps issued by the Department of Posts.
“We have merely expanded the list of leaders from five to 25. Now leaders such as Jayprakash Narayan, Deendayal Upadhyay, Ram Manohar Lohia, Shyamaprasad Mookerjee, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhimsen Joshi, Bismillah Khan, M S Subbulakshmi will also feature on the Rs-5 stamp,” he said.
Surjewala also said the Modi government replaced the names of two awards – Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar and Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Gyan-Vigyan Maulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar by removing the names of the former prime ministers. The central government had sparked controversy earlier as well by renaming government schemes eulogising the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
The government’s move to give a ‘contemporary’ look to the iconic Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, featuring the achievements of the Modi government, has also annoyed the Congress.