The move came ahead of the crucial bypolls to 25 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, for which the party has been accused of adopting soft Hindutva.
New Delhi 2020 :– The Congress functionary in Madhya Pradesh has claimed that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi fulfilled the idea of Ram Rajya as he got the lock of Ram Janmabhoomi site opened in 1986 to give the devotees an opportunity to get a glimpse of Ram Lalla, and also allowed the foundation stone-laying ceremony in Ayodhya in 1989.
Govind Goyal, the Congress functionary, made the claims in an advertisement in local newspapers of Madhya Pradesh on Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary: Rare photos and intriguing facts about India’s youngest Prime Minister
August 20, 2020, marks the 76th birth anniversary of India’s Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Every year, this day is observed as ‘Sadbhavana Divas’ or Harmony Day with an aim to encourage love and peace amongst all communities.
Late Rajiv Gandhi served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the assassinations of his mother. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40. By professions, Gandhi was a pilot. He became the third generation in his family after his maternal grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and mother Indira Gandhi to become the PM of India. On May 21, 1991, he was assassinated by a suicide bomber during an election rally in Tamil Nadu.
On the occasion of late Rajiv Gandhi’s 76th birth anniversary, let’s take a look at some rare photos and a few interesting facts about him.
Rajiv Gandhi as I knew him 2020
Most Indians don’t have any idea of what we lost in Rajiv Gandhi. People are quick to criticise but slow to grasp impact of Rajiv’s loss to India’s progress. It probably put India back 10-20 years
“Rajiv had fulfilled the idea of Ram Rajya… He was also influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Ram Rajya,” the ad said. It added that it was because of Gandhi’s efforts that the telecast of Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan started on Doordarshan in 1985.
“In 1986, Rajiv Gandhi after persuading the then chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh got the locks of Ram Janmabhoomi opened and provided an opportunity to the Ram bhakts to get a glimpse on Ram Lalla,” read the Hindi ad.
It also said permission for laying the foundation stone of the Ram Temple in 1989 was also given by Gandhi. “He also sent then home minister Buta Singh to participate in the foundation stone ceremony. During his last press conference in Chennai, Rajiv Gandhi had said that Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya itself,” it said.
Speaking to ThePrint about the ad, Goyal said, “ I am a Hindu, I pray every day to Ram but I never sell Ram like others do. Had Rajiv Gandhi not opened the locks that day, we wouldn’t have got Ram Mandir today. This is my personal advertisement and everyone has a right to express themselves.”
On June 23, 1980, Rajiv’s younger brother Sanjay died unexpectedly in an aeroplane crash. After the sudden demise, Rajiv decided to enter politics as he contested election and won from his brother’s seat in Amethi.
In 1984, Congress contested the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi and the Indian National Congress got 404 out of 533 seats, which was considered the biggest victory in the history. Thus, Rajiv became the youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40.
On May 21, 1991, Gandhi was assassinated during an election rally in Tamil Nadu. On 1991 year he was posthumouslys award the country highest civilians awarded – Bharat Ratna, by the Indian Governments.
The election angle Of Rajiv Gandhi
The move came ahead of the crucial bypolls to 25 assembly seats in
Madhya Pradesh, for which the party has been accused of adopting soft Hindutva.
Earlier this month, the party celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony of Ram Temple at the state Congress office. At the same time, former chief minister Kamal Nath organised a
religious ceremony that included reciting Hanuman Chalisa at his home.
MP Congress president’s media coordinator Narendra Saluja said, “Though he advertised this in his personal capacity,
some of the things that have been said are factual,
including that Rajiv Gandhi ji imagined the idea of Ram Rajya and got the locks of the Ram Janmabhoomi opened. This has even been accepted by senior BJP leaders like L.K. Advani and Subramanian Swamy.”
And are not correct and not endorsed by the party.]
Speaking to reporters in Bhopal, Senior Congress leader Jitu Patwari said, “Today is the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi ji. Ram Rajya was conceptualised by Rajiv Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi. The main purpose of this was that the future generation should get Ram Rajya. The BJP has a negative approach to everything.”
“This is the irony that by issuing an advertisement they have to say that Ram is ours. Why do they have to issue an advertisement? We never had to give any advertisement. The fact they have issued an advertisement shows the intent is not right,”
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra told reporters.