‘Bharat Ke Ratna’: Congress On Centre’s Decision To Honor Charan Singh, Narasimha Rao, MS Swaminathan

The Congress party said on Friday that former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Charan Singh, as well as Green Revolution pioneer MS Swaminathan, have been, are, and will always remain ‘Bharat ke Ratna’. The party also highlighted their unmatched contributions, respected across India.

Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi ‘welcomed’ the decision to award Bharat Ratna to PV Narasimha Rao, stating, "I welcome them… why not?"

#WATCH | Delhi: Chaudhary Charan Singh, PV Narasimha Rao Garu and MS Swaminathan conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

Congress Parliamentary Party president Sonia Gandhi says, "I welcome it." pic.twitter.com/Sk61F8IZAY

— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to honor former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Chaudhary Charan Singh, alongside agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan, with the Bharat Ratna.

Nevertheless, the opposition party criticized the Modi government for its silence on granting legal status to the minimum support price (MSP) for farmers, as per the Swaminathan formula.

Congress’ response followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement regarding. Rao, Singh, and Swaminathan’s Bharat Ratna nominations.

In a post on social media platform "Shri PV Narasimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh, and Dr. MS Swaminathan was, is, and will always be the ‘Bharat ke Ratna’. Their contribution was unprecedented, acknowledged by every Indian." Ramesh criticized the Modi government’s silence on legalizing MSP based on Dr. Swaminathan’s formula and highlighted the sacrifices of farmers during recent protests.

"The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra aims to deliver justice to farmers. Our demand for ‘Kisan Nyay (justice to farmers)’ is to legally guarantee the minimum support price based on the Swaminathan formula. This would be a true homage to former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh and Swaminathan," Ramesh said.

Shri PV Narasimha Rao, Choudhary Charan Singh and Dr. MS Swaminathan were, are and will always be the gems of India. His contribution was unprecedented, which every Indian respects.

Modi government is silent on giving legal status of minimum support price to farmers on the basis of Dr. Swaminathan formula.… pic.twitter.com/drDz4U0KaT

— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) February 9, 2024

The government had earlier announced former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur and BJP stalwart LK Advani as recipients of the Bharat Ratna, acknowledging their significant contributions to society.

With five honorees, one more than the four announced in 1999, this year marks the highest number of Bharat Ratnas conferred in a single year.