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"I feel very emotional": Narasimha Rao's grandson thanks BJP government after Bharat Ratna announcement

Updated on: 09 February,2024 02:33 PM IST  |  Hyderabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao would be conferred with the Bharat Ratna award

P V Narsimha Rao. Pic/X@narendramodi

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao would be conferred with the prestigious Bharat Ratna award, BJP leader NV Subhash on Friday thanked the BJP Telangana for honouring the latter with the country's highest honour.

NV Subhash, Narasimha Rao's grandson, said that he feels emotional at this point because they have been expecting that the Bharat Ratna will be delayed.

Blaming the UPA government for making Narasimha Rao a scapegoat for the failures of the Congress party, Subhash said, "PM Modi has conferred PV Narasimha Rao, though he belongs to the Congress party. Now, I blame the UPA government, especially the Gandhi family, from 2004 to 2014, when the UPA government was in power in the centre, leave alone Bharat Ratna or any awards, the Gandhi family was very, very instrumental in making Narasimha Rao a scapegoat for the failures of the Congress party."

"It's a matter of pride and an honour for us that at this point in time, at this crucial juncture where Narendra Modi has become the national leader and as the leader of the whole world, he has been constantly recognising whether it is Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, or including the Bharat Ratna, it is. I feel very, very emotional at this point in time because we have been expecting that the Bharat Ratna would be delayed. As a family member, I also thank the BJP Telangana for their efforts and making this a grand success and the dream come true," he added.

BRS MLC and daughter of PV Narasimha Rao, Surabhi Vani Devi, also expressed her happiness and termed it "great recognition."

Appreciating the BJP for honouring Narasimha Rao with the country's highest honour, Surabhi said, "This is a very happy moment. Great recognition. I am so excited. If you go through the days--5 years from 1991 to 1996--that was a very crucial time in Indian history, but he has solved the problems. It is surprising that Rao was not in BJP, from the beginning he has worked with the Congress but BJP has recognised him with Bharat Ratna. This is a great moment. We must appreciate."

BRS MLC K Kavitha also expressed her happiness at PV Narasimha Rao being given the award, "PV Narasimha Rao Garu is the son of the soil of Telangana...We have installed PV Narasimha Rao Garu's statue in places like Australia...Today it (Bharat Ratna) is being given, we are very happy."

Former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh, and MS Swaminathan will be given the Bharat Ratna, PM Modi announced on Friday. Taking to X, PM Modi said that, as a distinguished scholar and statesman, Narasimha Rao served India extensively in various capacities.

"Delighted to share that our former Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao Garu, will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. As a distinguished scholar and statesman, Narasimha Rao Garu served India extensively in various capacities. He is equally remembered for the work he did as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister, and as a Member of Parliament and Legislative Assembly for many years. His visionary leadership was instrumental in making India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the country's prosperity and growth," the PM said.

"Narasimha Rao Garu's tenure as Prime Minister was marked by significant measures that opened India to global markets, fostering a new era of economic development. Furthermore, his contributions to India's foreign policy, language and education sectors underscore his multifaceted legacy as a leader who not only steered India through critical transformations but also enriched its cultural and intellectual heritage," he added.

Born on June 28, 1921, in Karimnagar, Telangana, being an agriculturist and an advocate, Narsimha Rao joined politics and held some important portfolios. He was the Minister of Law and Information, 1962-64; Law and Endowments, 1964-67; Health and Medicine, 1967 and Education, 1968-71, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1971-73 and General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee from 1975-76.

He is credited with bringing many economic reforms in the country, particularly for dismantling the License Raj in the country. It was during Rao's term that he appointed Manmohan Singh as the Finance Minister, who ushered in a series of economic reforms to lift the country from a worsening economic crisis. 

Rao was a six-time MP and died at the age of 83 in 2004. 

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