Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Taking a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, MoS (Home) GK Reddy said the Wayanad MP is so busy that he has "forgotten" to pay tributes to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao on his 100th birth anniversary.

Taking to Twitter, Reddy wrote: "So busy is Shri @RahulGandhi that he has “forgotten" to pay tributes to Sri #PVNarasimhaRao Garu on his 100th Jayanti. Sri PVNR was a lifelong Congressman, yet appalling to see how one dynasty tramples over his legacy." "Such political untouchability is distasteful & unfortunate," he added.

For the uninitiated, Rao, a veteran Congress leader who served a full five-year term after taking over as prime minister in 1991, is credited with liberalising the Indian economy, effecting transformational changes.

Meanwhile, paying rich tributes to Narasimha Rao on his 100th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India remembers his extensive contributions to national development.

Modi tweeted, "Tributes to former PM Shri PV Narasimha Rao Ji on his 100th birth anniversary. India remembers his extensive contributions to national development. He was blessed with remarkable knowledge and intellect." The prime minister also shared a clip of his radio broadcast, Mann Ki Baat, of last year in which he had paid fond tributes to Rao.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also paid tributes to the former prime minister, describing him as the "undisputed torchbearer" of economic reforms in India. People, Naidu said, will always remember Rao's undeterred commitment to national development.

"My humble tributes to Shri PV Narasimha Rao, an astute administrator, statesman, visionary and the undisputed torchbearer of economic reforms in India on his hundredth birth anniversary," the Vice President Secretariat tweeted, quoting Naidu.

A Renaissance personality in the true sense of the term, Rao was a polyglot and a distinguished man of letters, who showed a keen interest in encouraging mother tongue as the medium of education, the vice president observed.

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