Telangana Assembly passes resolution seeking Bharat Ratna for PV Narasimha Rao

South India

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen,(AIMIM) the party led by Asaduddin Owaisi, boycotted the discussion in the assembly, citing the demolition of Babri Masjit during Narasimha Rao's prime ministership in 1992. 

The Telangana Assembly on Tuesday, September 8, unanimously passed a resolution urging the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna - country's highest civilian award - posthumously on former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao.

While moving the resolution, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, also urged the Centre to install Narasimha Rao's statue and portrait in Parliament besides renaming Hyderabad Central University after the former prime minister. Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy has already approved a request to unveil the former prime minister portrait in the assembly complex.

The resolution described Narasimha Rao as the architect of new economic reforms, a rare diplomat, a polyglot, an outstanding philosopher who led the country on the path of development and an extraordinary intelligent leader.

The Opposition -- BJP and Congress - supported the move but the AIMIM, which is on friendly terms with the ruling Telugu Rashtra Samithi (TRS), decided to boycott the proceedings in the Telangana Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.

"Our party cannot support the resolution and discussion on the centenary celebrations of former PM Narasimha Rao," AIMIM said was quoted by India Today as saying. The party leaders are not in a mood to glorify him as it was during his prime ministership that the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and PV Narasimha Rao's grandson NV Subhash welcomed the resolution and thanked the state government for fulfilling the "wish of millions of Telugu people". "We support Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for taking initiative as part of the centenary celebrations of the dynamic leader (Narasimha Rao) who was the son of Telangana and father of economic reforms in the country" (with inputs from agencies)

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