In recent times, the IT Cell of Congress party has made quite a reputation, for making regular goof-ups on the micro-blogging site twitter. On Sunday, we witnessed yet another one of them, when the Congress party remembered former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao by celebrating his birthday, on the date of his demise.
Apparently, Congress IT cell got confused between the birth and death anniversaries of the former Prime Minister. Twitterati lashed out against Congress for the tweet, which many considered to be insensitive.
Realising the error, the party later deleted the offending tweet and replaced it with a correct one. “P.V. Narasimha Rao, the 9th PM of India, dismantled the License Raj and oversaw the biggest economic reform the country has seen till date. His contributions to the nation shall always be remembered.”
P.V. Narasimha Rao, the 9th PM of India, dismantled the License Raj and oversaw the biggest economic reform the country has seen till date. His contributions to the nation shall always be remembered. pic.twitter.com/vpLCTY701A
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 23, 2018
During his term as Prime Minister from 1991-96, Rao, together with Manmohan Singh, orchestrated the national economic reforms which came to be known as the liberalisation of the Indian economy, and opened India to the world markets. He is widely regarded as the “Father of economic reforms.”
Rao passed away in 2004 after suffering from a heart attack. For some unknown reasons, his mortal remains were not allowed to be taken to Delhi. Rao’s remains were placed outside the gates of All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in Hyderabad. Despite serving as PM for a full term and being one of the stalwart leaders of the Congress, he was not even accorded a state funeral by the Congress led UPA-I government of those days. Many from time to time have accused erstwhile Congress President, Sonia Gandhi for denying the respect and state funeral that Rao rightfully deserved.