Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hasthe country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for letting north-easterns down during 1962 Indo-China war. He also accused the Congress of “forgetting” India’s “true heroes” like Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Speaking on occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti celebrations, Kiren Rijiju said:
“Participating in a debate in Parliament over the Chinese aggression, the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had said: ‘In those barren land and mountains of Ladakh and Arunachal, not even a blade of grass grows, why Parliament is wasting time.”
He said the Chinese seized his village during the war in 1962 and reached even up to Assam, while Nehru assured people of the region, then known as North East Frontier Agency (NEFA), that “we will save you” but later announced “surrender” to the Chinese on All India Radio and “he (Nehru) said tata, bye, bye and left us”.
“It’s a matter of regret that our Prime Minister left us (let us down). Patel united the country; the other Prime Minister (Nehru) left the country, surrendered the country”, the minister, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said.
Asserting that next generation has the right to know about the correct historical stories and incidents, Rijiju said, “If a former prime minister has made some kind of unsavoury, demoralising remarks, what is wrong in accepting that? My point is that history can’t be changed. At same time, factual, historical and all kind of incidents must be brought before the nation.”
“It is a fact that Jawaharlal Nehru, for whom I have greatest respect, had caused great heartburn to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” he added.
Further, taking a jibe at the Congress party for not honouring true heros like Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Valllabhai Patel, Rijiju said that people were kept in dark about October 31 being the birth anniversary of Patel by the Congress during its regime at the Centre.
He said it was ‘injustice’ and ‘big sin’.
On the other hand, Rijiju praised the Narendra Modi-led NDA government and said, ” Many people are not able to digest the fact that the country now has a strong Prime Minister and government and they are engaged in unleashing manufactured story against the Centre claiming a threat to the secular fabric.”