Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee is condemning the statements made by BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accusing the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of hurting the Telugu sentiments by quoting an insulting incident involving former Chief Minister T Anjaiah.
“Narendra Modi was habitual of distorting history and presenting the wrong facts before the people. Rajiv Gandhi never humiliated Anjaiah. In fact, he had praised Anjaiah on multiple occasions for his simplicity and down-to-earth approach to politics.
Rajiv Gandhi was a bit upset with all the Congress leaders who came to receive him at the Hyderabad airport. Since Rajiv Gandhi was neither holding any official position nor he had any designation in the AICC. Therefore, he disliked the presence of senior Congress leaders including the then Chief Minister at airport. Further, some Congressmen carried garlands close to the aircraft. With Rajiv Gandhi himself being an experienced pilot, he pulled up the Congress leaders, in general, for violating the security norms.
It was a routine event and despite being the son of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi was not in favor of getting too much attention from the Congress leaders. He wanted his visits to remain simple and without any fanfare.
Narendra Modi should read a copy of newspaper from the archives which reported the actual incident. Modi should look back into the recent history of Bharatiya Janata Party wherein several stalwarts including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishan Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Jaswanth Singh and others faced repeated humiliation. There is not even a single BJP leader who retired from politics with honour. They included former Chief Ministers Uma Bharati, YS Yedurappa and Kalyan Singh to name a few,” TPCC Spokesperson Ahmed Ali said.