From Gandhi to Nehru, Know why Modi deftly hijacks congress's big legacy

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Hisar, Oct 6: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi deftly grabbed the heritage of Mahatma Gandhi by his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Congress party got another shock on Monday. While addressing a rally in Hisar, Modi said that government will run clean India campaign in every school from Nov 14 (Pt Nehru's birth anniversary) to Nov 19( Indira Gandhi's birthday).

"On Nov 14 when we celebrate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Pt. Nehru all the schools should be given lessons on cleanliness. We will run cleanliness campaign in every school, anganwadi from Nov 14 till Nov 19, the birth anniversary of Smt. Indira Gandhi," Modi said.

The Prime Minister even swiped at Congress party saying that they should also join the campaign as they have nothing else to do now.

This latest move will further push Congress to wall which is already peeved after Modi hijack  Mahatma  Gandhi with his clean India Mission. It will definitely not augur well amongst Congress leaders who consider icons like Nehru, Indira as their legacy.

In a deft manner, BJP it seems is stealing whole legacy from Congress party. Earlier both Congress and BJP wrestled over Clean India mission.

Some Congress leaders raised apprehension over the success of Modi's much applauded initiative.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, "Swachh Bharat is a concept, which is unexceptionable. How can you oppose something, which is axiomatically virtuous? But what matters is the implementation. Swachh Bharat is not going to happen because we do photo opportunities, not going to happen because once a year, ministers pick up brooms while a whole mela watches".

Singhvi said that whole mission will be like a photo opportunity if tangible effort will not be made in the direction. Former union finance minister P Chidambaram had even alleged that BJP is providing old wine in new bottle. He said BJP took 'Swachh Bharat Abiyan,' from our 'Nirmal Bharat Abiyan, then Congress's ' financial inclusion turned into Jan Dhan Yojna.

Hitting back Chidambaram, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "When your intentions were 'Aswacch' how could you be the generator of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. If P Chidambaram is saying that they were the generators of such kind of 'Abhiyan' in India then I would say that this is ridiculous".

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