'Cong can’t survive without a Nehru-Gandhi member at the helm'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 20:48 IST

Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri said on Wednesday that it was a matter of shame that US president Barack Obama had to remind India about Article 25 of the Indian constitution which upholds religious freedom.

“Imagine, that he came to our country and gave us lessons about religious freedom, referring to our own constitution,” Shastri said.

The senior Congress leader interacted with mediapersons at the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office.

Shastri, who is also a Congress Working Committee (CWC) member, said Obama’s visit to India was not because of Modi’s personal terms with him, but because India is an economic power.

“The BJP says that the Congress did nothing in 60 years. The truth is that it was the Congress which brought the country to this stage today where it is a military power and an economic giant. It is not Narendra Modi’s work, who has been in the office for just 6-8 months. The current economic policies were also initiated by the Congress in early 90s.”

Shastri, who is the son of former Prime Minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri, said Rahul Gandhi should take up the party leadership.

When asked whether it was necessary to have a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the Congress, he said without a member of the family at the helm, the party cannot survive.

Talking about the the civic polls in Bhopal, Shastri said the BJP had been in power in MP for over a decade but it is yet to bring about development.

"Major institutions came to Bhopal during the Congress regime. Also, the development of the city, especially, the wide roads and infrastructure, came up when the Congress was in power," he said.

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