New Delhi, Nov 13: Narendra Modi is known for his magnanimous nature. At a time when Congress is leaving no stone unturned to snub Prime Minister Narendra Modi for hijacking all their legacy, the latter is making robust plan to refute this theory.
Report says that Modi holds first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in high regards and wants to celebrate Chacha Nehru's birthday as a special occasion. An Indian Express report says Modi has expressed his desire that Government should initiate some programmes on his 125th birth anniversary which will connect this iconic leader with the masses.
While addressing a committee which has been formed to look after this initiative, Modi said, "Hum jo bhi karen, kuch aisa karen ki Nehru ko janmaanas ke saath joda ja sake (Whatever we do, it should be something that helps in connecting Nehru with the masses)".
Putting up his suggestion he further said in the meeting held on November 1, "Ek tareeka ye hai ki abhi sarkaar ki jo bhi prathmiktayen hain unke saath Nehru ko joda jaye (One way of doing this is to link this government's priorities with Nehru's views)".
Report says that he also wants to acknowledge Nehru's contribution in science and technology field. As a tribute to the first Prime Minister, Modi wants Government to initiate some scientific programmes which could set temper among interested youth.
Earlier, both Congress and BJP sparred over the matter. The Congress on Tuesday had announced that they will not invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an international conference it is organising to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru.
The two-day event to highlight the legacy and worldview of the first Prime Minister is being organised on November 17 and 18 and will be attended by a host of international leaders and representatives of various political parties from India and abroad.
"We have not given any invitation to the Prime Minister. We have invited all those who truly believe in democracy and the ideals of Nehru," Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said replying to a volley of media questions about whether it has invited Modi and why not.
Interestingly, the party has put out the eulogising remarks about Nehru made by BJP's first Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the website specially launched for the event today. "Have we not acknowledged Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We are acknowledging all those who have said something meaningful.
Hitting out at Congress for not inviting PM Modi to an event to mark Jawaharlal Nehru's birth anniversary, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said it shows the "small- mindedness of the party and its leadership".
"Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and Modi is the current Prime Minister. I am amused by the decision of the Congress to not invite Modi to the conference on Nehru when it is inviting leaders from various other countries," Naidu said here on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Vivekananda Shelter for Homeless at Rohini.
"It only reflects the small-mindedness of the Congress party and its leadership. I am also amused by the reason given by Congress for not inviting the PM, that Modi did not believe in Nehru's ideology," he said, adding that "the decision of the Congress party only amused me, though it is not a surprise".
(with inputs from PTI)