A day after Nehru International Conference, it has gained attention not only because of the presence of several world leaders but also with the absence of many senior congress leaders such as A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Sushilkumar Shinde, Ajay Maken, Salman Khurshid were missing in it and Nehru’s great-granddaughter Priyanka Gandhi was one of the noted figures among them.
While a number of party leaders from different states as well as countries have marked their presence in the two-day conference, the absence of Priyanka Gandhi, who is an important and inevitable member of the family, has paved way to question her absence for the ceremony as well as led for discussions among the people.
Amid, Antony was reportedly unwell whereas Jairam Ramesh was reportedly to be abroad. Meanwhile, there was no one to represent National Conference reportedly. There were allegations that the cause of absence of leaders is due to Congress spokesman Anand Sharma as he was actively associated in organising the programme.
However, regarding the absence of Priyanka, there are allegations that she kept herself apart from the ceremony as she is being asked to join the leadership of Congress from the party.
The two-day International Conference, “Nehru’s Worldview and Legacy: Democracy, Inclusion and Empowerment,” was organised by Congress to commemorate India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. It has been concluded on Tuesday with a commemorative declaration that captured the essence of the deliberations and conveyed a message of global import.
The event held by Congress on November 17 and 18 have witnessed several eminent leaders attending the conference. Irrespective of political views and difference in parties, the event witnessed leaders from many parties, especially from left-front sharing the stage with Congress leaders.
While the meeting was attended by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav from different parts of the country, many world leaders including Afghan president Hamid Karzai, former Ghana president John Kufuor, Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, former Nepal prime minister Madhav Nepal and former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa were also present at the ceremony.
In the conference held, Sonia Gandhi chaired the meeting whereas vice president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party delegation.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA leaders were not invited for the conference. Congress has not invited the PM and NDA leaders alleging that the party had ignored late PM Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom day while it celebrated Sardar Vallavbhai Patel’s birthday on October 31.