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Nehru’s Birth Anniversary: Oppn Upset As RS Chairman, LS Speaker, Ministers Skip Parl Event

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh termed it atrocious, while Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien said the current government is destroying India's institutions.

Congress leaders pay tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Parliament. (Image: Twitter/ @MYaskhi)

New Delhi: Taking strong exception to the absence of Rajya Sabha Chairman, Lok Sabha Speaker and ministers from the traditional event marking the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the Opposition on Sunday hit out at the Central government. While Congress leader Jairam Ramesh termed it atrocious, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien said the current government is destroying India’s institutions.

The event marking the birth anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru saw Congress president Sonia Gandhi, along with other party leaders, in attendance while Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were missing.

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“Extraordinary scene today in Parliament at the traditional function to mark the birth anniversary of those whose portraits adorn the Central Hall. Speaker Lok Sabha absent. Chairman Rajya Sabha absent. Not a single Minister present. Can it get more atrocious than this?!” Congress’ chief whip in Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh, who attended the event, said on Twitter.

Tagging Ramesh’s tweet, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien also hit out at the government. “Nothing surprises me anymore. This dispensation is destroying India’s great institutions, including #Parliament one day at a time,” said O’Brien in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay tributes to Nehru on his birth anniversary.

Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. He breathed his last on May 27, 1964. He became the prime minister on August 15, 1947, following an active role in the freedom struggle. The Congress stalwart remains India’s longest-serving prime minister.

In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14 every year as a mark of respect to Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children.