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Cong slams MP's move to remove Nehru from books

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 02:33 IST

The Congress on Friday condemned the Madhya Pradesh government's decision to delete a poem on Jawahar Lal Nehru from school text books as an attempt "to politicise, distort and rewrite Indian history".

Describing Nehru as an iconic and a highly revered freedom fighter, party spokesperson Jayanti Natrajan told reporters, "the attempt by the BJP government to remove his name from primary school text is not only bound to fail but is also nothing more than an attempt to politicise and distort Indian history".

"We call upon the Madhya Pradesh government to drop the attempt and not make no further attempts to rewrite history", she said.

Asked about the Left party's opposition to the disinvestments of NALCO and NLC, as proposed by the Cabinet, she said, "any differences of opinion will be sorted out at the UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting. We are committed not to privatise the Navratnas."

Rejecting rebel MP Kuldip Vishnoi's charge of corruption in the Reliance Special Economic Zone in Haryana, she said the state government's decision was in the best interest of the state.

To a question on the security clearance given to Jet Airways Chief Naresh Goyal, Natrajan said the party was in no way connected to it.

The spokesperson also claimed that the government had moved fast and very quickly to arrest the rising prices.