An international conference is all set to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, which will be organised by Congress party on November 17 and 18, in New Delhi.
However, while Congress gets ready for the meeting inviting all major leaders and party members, the party have not yet invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the conference.
Addressing media, Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, said that the conference will discuss Nehru’s view on democracy, inclusion, empowering India and representative global order. Sharma said, "It will provide a platform to reflect on Nehru’s worldview and legacy in the context of contemporary global challenges of 21st century.”.
According to reports, 54 world leaders are invited for the conference in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi will chair the conference whereas vice president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party delegation. The conference will be held at Vigyan Bhavan from November 17.
While the Congress is preparing for a function in Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium to kick-off the year-long celebrations on Nehru’s birthday on November 14, party president Sonia Gandhi is expected to administer a pledge to party workers to uphold and reaffirm the Nehruvian vision.
Meanwhile, Congress sources revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not been invited to the conference. However, according to reports, Modi government has also prepared events to celebrate Nehru’s birthday.
However, Congress leaders had not participated in the recent swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers to the Union Cabinet of Modi government that was held on November 9. As per reports, though Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was invited for taking part in the ceremony, both were not present at the function.