The Congress party is all set to kick-off its two-day long international conference to commemorate India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary on Monday.
The conference will be held on Monday, November 17 and 18 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. About 55 world leaders are reportedly invited for the two-day mega event organised by Congress whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi have not yet invited for the meeting.
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.”
As per reports, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and JD( U) leader Nitish Kumar, RJD led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, RLD, JD(S) and leaders of the Samajwadi Party have been invited to the conference.
Meanwhile, many world leaders have arrived to attend the conference which includes President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former president of Ghana John Kufour, former President of Nigeria Obasanzo, former Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba, Queen Mother of Bhutan Majesty Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, human rights activist from Pakistan Asma Jehangir.
However, as per a release by congress, former Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav K Nepal and Cabinet Minister and Chief Negotiator of Palestine Nabil Shaath, former Secretary General of Arab League Amre Musa and other dignitaries are also expected to join the ceremony by Monday evening.
Being criticised of not inviting PM Modi for the conference, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma had said, "We have not given any invitation to the Prime Minister. We have invited all those who truly believe in democracy and the ideals of Nehru." Amid, Congress has also criticised the Modi government, alleging that the party had ignored late PM Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom day while it celebrated Sardar Vallavbhai Patel’s birthday on October 31.
After stirring up in controversies on Nehru’s legacy, both Congress and BJP leaders had paid tribute to Nehru on November 14. While Congress has kick-started the celebrations of event by conducting rallies in Delhi, the BJP government has declared that the activities to be initiated on Nehru’s day will ‘connect’ Nehru with the masses. Recalling Nehru’s love towards children, Modi government has launched Bal Swachhta Mission among children to mark his 125th birth anniversary.
However, in the conference to be held today, Congress President Sonia Gandhi will chair the conference whereas vice president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party delegation.