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Find names outside the Family, BJP tells Congress
December 04, 2007 17:23 IST
Exasperated over naming of popular projects after members of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the BJP on Tuesday asked the ruling party whether the country was devoid of any other great leader.
"All new institutions and programmes are named after Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi [Images] and Jawaharlal Nehru. All limits of sycophancy have been crossed by this government," BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha V K Malhotra said.
The government brought three bills named after Rajiv, Indira and Nehru on a single day yesterday, Malhotra said and alleged the government's attitude was that there were no great leaders other than those in the Gandhi-Nehru family.
"This is objectionable," he told reporters. The government has even forgotten Mahatma Gandhi [Images] and Sardar Vallabhai Patel, he said and took a dig at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi [Images], alleging she remembered Gandhiji and Patel only when she went to Gujarat for electioneering.
He said the BJP parliamentary party, which met on Tuesday, condemned the government's stand that the minimum support for rice could not be increased and decided to support the agitation by farmers in South India.
"Peasants are on a warpath in southern states. We will support their demand inside and outside Parliament and take part in their agitation," Malhotra added.
During the meeting, Leader of Opposition L K Advani also asked all party MPs to devote time for campaigning in Gujarat.