Bharat Ratna need not be awarded every year: Congress

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Amid burgeoning demand for conferring "Bharat Ratna" on different personalities, the Congress Party today said it was not necessary that the highest civilian award should be given every year. AICC Spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons that the Congress-led UPA government had not conferred Bharat Ratna on anyone ever since it came to power in 2004.

"Such an important honour should not be trivialised. It is not possible to give Bharat Ratna to any Tom, Dick and Harry," he said. In this context, he pointed out that it was for the government to decide on who should be given "Bharat Ratna" and it had a committee constituted for the purpose. Referring to developments in Goa, Dr Singhvi said there was no crisis to the Congress-led Digambar Kamat government.

"I heard there were some problems to the government, but "we are confident that we will settle them."


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