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BJP hits back at Congress for criticising Prez Ram Nath Kovind's speech

BJP hits back at Congress for criticising Prez Ram Nath Kovind's speech”

Sharma also raised objection to the fact that Jawaharlal Nehru was conspicuously missing from the president's speech.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Anand Sharma said it is disrespecting the history and the sacrifices made by Mahatma Gandhi.

The chairperson, however, did not allow a discussion on the argument calling it "irrelevant".

"It is very sad and unfortunate that he did not take the name of Nehru who was a freedom fighter though he did mention his cabinet colleagues BR Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his speech", leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after Kovind's speech.

Meanwhile, Union Defense Minister Arun Jaitley reacted sharply to the statements by Congress leaders and said "the Chair should be guided that the zero hour can't run only for the benefit of the television channels". Sharma further said that the president should 'rise above the party politics'.

"Kovind ji talked about the philosophy of Ambedkar ji". Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. The Congress is seeking to impact upon the great stature of Nehru ji, by insisting that his name should be taken always.

At his inauguration speech on Tuesday, Kovind said: "I am conscious I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Rajendra Prasad, S. Radhakrishnan and APJ Abdul Kalam and my immediate predecessor Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as "Pranab Da".

"We at HAF congratulate Shri Ram Nath Kovind on becoming India's fourteenth President".

A former lawyer and state governor, 71-year-old Kovind was elected to the largely ceremonial position last week with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India's parliament and state assemblies.

Subsequently, he referred to Indian independence being a result of efforts by freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. "Principal architect of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar instilled in us the value of human dignity and of the republican ethic", he said.

Leading the boisterous Opposition charge, Sharma also took exception to Kovind allegedly comparing Gandhi to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Jan Sangh icon and the founder of Panchjanya.



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