New Delhi, Jul 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that a modern museum dedicated to all former prime ministers will come up in Delhi.
Alt the releasing of the Book "Chandra Shekhar: The Last Icon of Ideological Politics" authored by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, the Prime Minister said, "There will be a museum for all former Prime who have served our nation. I invite their families to share aspects of the lives of former PMs be it Charan Singh Ji, Deve Gowda Ji, IK Gujral Ji and Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji."
Modi added that all the achievements of the former PMs will be displayed in the museum.
About Chandra Shekhar, the Prime Minister narrated an incident where he and Bhairon Singh Sekhawat were at Delhi airport, "I had first met Chandra Shekhar Ji back in 1977. I also recall the time when I met him at Delhi airport. I was travelling with Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Ji. The two stalwarts enjoyed a very close bond despite having different political ideologies."
On Chandra Shekhar's association with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said, "Chandra Shekhar Ji always referred to Atal Ji as 'Guru Ji.' Chandra Shekhar Ji was a man of culture and principles. The Congress Party was at its peak yet he challenged the might of that party because he opposed certain aspects of the party."
"I have closely interacted with Mohan Dharia Ji and George Fernandes Ji. Both these stalwarts spoke highly about Chandra Shekhar Ji," he added.
Talking about his last meeting with the former Prime Minister, Modi said, "When he was ailing, Chandra Shekhar Ji called me and said I should meet him when I visit Delhi. When I went to meet him, he asked about Gujarat's development and also shared his perspective on many national issues. I can never forget that interaction, the clarity of thought."
On the padyatra undertake by the former PM, he said,'These days, even if a small leader does a 10-12 km padyatra, it is covered on TV. But, why did we not honour the historic adyatra of Chandra Shekhar Ji. He walked for our farmers, poor and marginalised. This is among the great injustices we have done to such a great leader."(UNI)