NEW DELHI, Aug 16 (PTI): The BJP on Wednesday hit back at the Congress for its criticism of the
change of the name of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, saying the opposition party’s thought
process revolves around the Nehru-Gandhi family alone while Prime Minister Narendra Modi
believes in paying respect to all eminent personalities.
The NMML has been formally renamed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society, weeks
after a decision was taken to this effect following the government’s move to include all other former
prime ministers in the institute earlier dedicated entirely to Jawaharlal Nehru.
The Congress alleged that Modi has a single-point agenda of “denying, distorting, defaming and
destroying” the Nehruvian legacy.
Reacting to it, BJP leader and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress is
centred around promoting the Nehru-Gandhi family while Modi has ensured that all prime ministers
are given a respectful place. No other prime minister was given a space in the museum earlier, he
Congress leaders’ criticism is nothing but a lament of courtiers, he alleged.
Another BJP leader and former Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Modi has tried to honour
all prime ministers, including from the Congress. He has recognised all our icons who were forgotten
by the Congress, Naqvi said.
The Congress believes only one family contributed to building the nation and named all institutions
after its members, he said.
“How long can they make a fool of people through this emotional exploitation,” Naqvi said.