In response to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations that the Congress failed the country in its 70-year governance, the Uttar Pradesh state unit of the party has launched a two-month programme marking former PM Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary that will draw in historians, researchers and senior party leaders to conduct seminars and discussions to highlight the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.
“It has been 33 years since Indira Gandhi passed away. An entire generation has grown up not really aware of her sacrifice for the country. We have to tell people what our leaders did for the nation. Unless we retell stories of the Congress government and our political history, how do we expect people to know? We have lined up events that will not be political but more an intellectual engagement with the people,” Uttar Pradesh Congress state unit vice-president R P Tripathi told Media.
The party already has an ongoing campaign ‘know your legacy’ that aims at countering the BJP’s propaganda’ through quizzes on social media. Hashtags like ‘this day that year’ will pull out trivia of the Congress days of glory. Senior party leaders said that the party will look for opportunities and occasions to replicate this on the ground. The two month long programme in UP aims at intensifying this campaign.
“There will be seminars and interactions with historians, researchers, authors and senior party leaders, who can talk about the life and times of Indira Gandhi. Knowing about all those years is important for the youth today to be able to rebut Modi ji’s claims and false allegations,” Tripathi added.
Ten such events will be held across UP and conclude in Allahabad on November 17, on Indira’s death anniversary. The event started on Wednesday in Lucknow and will be held in politically active towns like Varanasi, Jhansi, Meerut, Bareilly, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Rae Bareilly, Agra and Allahabad. “We had invited 1,500 party workers and 5,000 of them turned up. It was absolutely unexpected. We do see people trickling back to us,” he said.