New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday published a write-up on freedom fighter and socialist activist Ram Manohar Lohia, commemorating his birth anniversary.

Dedicating an entire blog post for the ‘great sons of Mother India’, the Prime Minister began his note by invoking the memory of Indian freedom fighters- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru and then categorically wrote on Dr. Lohia, who is widely known for his critical standpoint on the Gandhian leadership.

“Anti-Congressism was Dr. Lohia’s heart and soul. His efforts ensured a shock to the then all-powerful Congress in 1967 elections. That time, Atal Ji remarked- “Due to Dr. Lohia’s efforts, one could travel on board the Howrah-Amritsar Mail without having to pass a single Congress state!”

“Unfortunately, today Dr. Lohia would be horrified at the political developments taking place,” the post reads.

Furthering his attack on Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Those parties that claim inspiration from Dr. Lohia have completely abandoned his principles. They are leaving no opportunity to insult him.”

“The veteran socialist leader from Odisha, Shri Surendranath Dwivedy remarked, “He (Dr. Lohia) was imprisoned many times more during Congress regime than under the British rule. Yet, today those parties that falsely claim to be Dr. Lohia’s followers are desperate to form an opportunistic Maha Milawat or adulteration alliances with the same Congress. It is both ironical and reprehensible.”

In another jibe at NDA’s main political rival, the Prime Minister wrote how Dr Lohia would have been ‘flabbergasted to see his ‘followers’ think about their own families first instead of the nation’’

Hailing the Dr Lohia’s courage and might, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also illustrated how Congress would ‘tremble in fear’ when he would start speaking in the Parliament.

Drawing a parallel between Dr Lohia’s ideas and the NDA government’s work for the people of India, PM  Modi’s blog post read, “Our Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ as well as our track record in the last five years show that we have made a long-lasting contribution in fulfilling the vision of Dr. Lohia. His thoughts inspire us. He wrote about modernising agriculture and empowering farmers, which the NDA Government is effectively doing through efforts such as PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, e-Nam, Soil Health Cards and more.”

Asking citizens to ponder over their decision before casting vote this election, the Prime Minister posed a question as to why those who ‘betrayed Dr Lohia’ and his ideas should be allowed to serve the nation?


To read Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s entire blog. Click here