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After Patel, Ambedkar, BJP sets sights on Kamaraj

Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu garlanding the bust of K. Kamaraj at his residence, which has been converted into a memorial, in Virudhunagar.   | Photo Credit: G_Moothy

After seeking to appropriate the legacies of Sardar Patel, Ambedkar, and Subhas Chandra Bose, who played significant roles in the national movement, the BJP’s latest target is the late K. Kamaraj, a former Congress president.

Addressing a function to mark the 113th birth anniversary of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister at his birthplace in Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP was keen on taking forward his legacy. Indeed, Mr. Naidu stressed that he had even opposed the Emergency and drew parallels between Kamaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Draws parallels

“Kamaraj was the first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu hailing from a backward community and with very humble beginnings. Modi is the first Prime Minister with a similar background,” he said.

He took the comparison further saying, “As Kamaraj worked for the empowerment of the poor and the exploited, Modi is keen to do so in the present context.”

The BJP’s efforts to include Kamaraj in its own pantheon of icons come against the backdrop of its president, Amit Shah, working towards broadening the party’s base in Tamil Nadu, where Assembly elections are due next year.

In keeping with the BJP’s continuing attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Mr. Naidu said that as Congress president, Kamaraj was the “clear choice” as Prime Minister after Nehru died, but he made Lal Bahadur Shastri PM, who was succeeded by Indira Gandhi.


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