On Thursday, the Congress said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to acknowledge Indira Gandhi’s contribution to the 50th Vijay Diwas. Rahul Gandhi, a Congress lawmaker and former party president, claimed his family has sacrificed for the country while speaking at a public rally in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He recalled on October 31st, saying, “For the sake of the country, my grandma was martyred. For the sake of the country, Indira Gandhi took 32 bullets. Her name was mentioned in government programmes commemorating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, which marked the 50th anniversary of the conflict. There was no mention of it.”
Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to criticise the Modi government at the federal level. “Our first and only woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is being omitted from the BJP government’s Vijay Diwas festivities,” Priyanka said on Twitter. On the 50th anniversary of the day she led India to victory and liberated Bangladesh, she was named after her. There is no mention of it. “Women do not believe your statements, Narendra Modi ji,” Priyanka continued. This protectionism on your part is unacceptable.”
Trying not to remember Gandhiji’s works- Kharge
At the same time, Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told reporters outside Parliament House at Vijay Chowk, “The country of Bangladesh has been independent for 50 years. It is impossible to forget. Indira Gandhi fought to rescue Bangladesh from slavery with all her strength.”
He said he was going after Prime Minister Modi “Few people nowadays are attempting to ignore Indira Gandhi ji and her accomplishments. They make speeches to commemorate Vijay Diwas, but they should also mention which government and leader freed Bangladesh. It should also be noted that our government and army had captured 95,000 Pakistani soldiers at the time.”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee calls Indira Gandhi ‘incarnation of Durga’: Kharge
According to Kharge, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then-opposition leader, hailed Indira Gandhi and referred to her as a “incarnation of Durga.” He said that while the Narendra Modi government may not remember Indira Gandhi, the Congress held events around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War and honour the sacrifices of its martyrs and soldiers.
We broke the back of Pakistan Army in the war – Gaurav Gogoi
“Today our Prime Minister is so insecure and weak that he does not take the name of the prior Prime Minister, does not accept the role of the Congress party and the work of the previous government,” said Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi. “We shattered the back of the Pakistani army in that conflict, and we fractured Pakistan into two pieces,” he stated. All of this was made possible by the army’s gallantry and Indira Gandhi’s gutsy leadership. This is why former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee referred to Indira ji as a Maa Durga manifestation.
BJP will not desist from its cheap and cheap politics- Surjewala
“The Modi government and the BJP will not detract from their cheap and cheap politics,” the party’s main spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. On the 50th Vijay-Shaurya Diwas of Bangladesh’s independence, Prime Minister and people of government honoured Iron Lady Indira Gandhi of the 1971 war. His frustration and narrow-mindedness can be shown in his refusal to even take his name.
“Efforts to change history would not succeed,” stated Congress spokesman Supriya Shrinet. What is true in history will remain true in the future. Pakistan was defeated in 1971 under Indira Gandhi’s political leadership, and there were two components.”
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi paid respect to the courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces men who gave their lives in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. “On the 50th Vijay Diwas, I commemorate the courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces’ Liberation Warriors, Heroines, and Brave Jawans,” he wrote in a tweet. We were able to defeat oppressive forces by working together. For every Indian, having a presence in Dhaka is extremely important.