Union Home Minister Amit Shah left the Congress pleasently surprised during his speech on the Delhi services bill in the Lok Sabha on Thursday when he echoed Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s statements on the governance of the national capital.
“Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Rajaji (C Rajagopalachari), Rajendra Prasad and BR Ambedkar were against against the idea of Delhi being given the status of full statehood,” Shah said on the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
His repeated praise of India’s first PM, whom the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has attacked in the past, left Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury surprised.
“When we came to the House today, it felt good that our Amit Shah ji was repeatedly praising Nehru and the Congress party. I thought to myself, what am I seeing? Is this day or night?
“I thought I should run up to Mr Shah and put a sweet in his mouth. Because praise for Nehru and the Congress from his mouth was a happy surprise for me,” Chowdhury said.
But Shah quickly corrected Chowdhury, reminding him that he had not praised Nehru but only quoted what he had said about Delhi.
“I have not praised Pandit Nehru. I have simply quoted what he has said. If they want to consider this praise, I have no objection to that,” Shah retorted.
But Chowdhury was not ready to let the matter go just yet and tried to put Shah in a spot.
“You take the support of Nehru whenever you need it. If you had done this all through, we wouldn’t have had to see (the events in) Manipur and Haryana. This is Delhi and it is our dil (heart),” Chowdhury replied.