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Congress criticises Centre for removing Rajiv Gandhi’s me

New Delhi, Feb 3: The Congress on Friday strongly condemned the rendra Modi government for removing the me of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from Sadbhav Diwas programmes. Chhaya Verma of the Congress raised the matter in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, saying that Rajiv Gandhi’s me has been removed from ‘Sadbhava Diwas’ programmes. Supporting her, Congress’ And Sharma said the present regime was promoting people who have done nothing for the country. “Rajiv Gandhi is a martyr of this country and this country has declared his birth anniversary as Sadbhava Diwas,” he said. Sharma also demanded an inquiry into the matter. “This government owes an explation. It’s a great insult to the former Prime Minister,” he said. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam bi Azad said that Rajiv Gandhi died for unity of the country and his me cannot be removed from government schemes. “The present government is ming schemes in the mes of those who have not done anything for the country,” he said. Azad said the me of Rajiv Gandhi should be restored immediately. Responding to the opposition, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas qvi said that all government schemes would no longer be med after a particular family. “There are lots of people who have done a lot for the country. It is not possible to me schemes only after some people,” he said. Sadbhava Diwas is observed all over the country on August 20, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. In August 2015, the NDA government refrained from mentioning former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s me in its office memorandum on observing Sadbhava Diwas on August 20. (IANS)