BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday took a strong exception to the exclusion of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the Karnataka government’s newspaper advertisement on freedom fighters and termed the BJP action “pathetic”.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah called Chief Minister Basavaraj


an “RSS slave” while AICC general secretary and in-charge of the party affairs in the state Randeep Surjewala said the BJP’s hatred for the country’s first prime minister has reached its zenith.
“Nehru will survive such pettiness. CM Karnataka, desperate to save his job knows what he has done is an insult to his father S.R. Bommai and his father’s 1st political guru M.N. Roy, both great Nehru admirers, the latter being a friend as well. Pathetic this is,” Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary, communications, said on Twitter.
“Unending hatred for India’s 1st PM and Nation builder, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has reached its zenith. Bommai Government stoops to the lowest by denying his very existence,” Surjewala said in a tweet..
“On the 75th Anniversary of Independence, it reflects the character and vicious thought process of present day rulers,” he alleged.
In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, attacked V D


— his picture features in the government’s advertisement — accusing him of pleading with British officials and acting as their “stooge” for his survival.
“When we thought slavery ended with the Br

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