Guwahati: On the occasion of the 99th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao, tributes poured in from all sects of life. PM Narendra Modi hailed his experience and knowledge, and others followed his likes. Closer home, Assam minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma reckoned a life lesson shared by the stalwart.
Sarma, who was earlier a Congress legislator, took to Twitter and wrote, “In 1996 when I lost my first assembly election I went to see Sri P V Narasimha Rao. He told me that defeated candidate should remain in touch with constituency to win. I followed it & rest is history. My margins kept increasing.
Tribute to this great statesman on his jayanti.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during Mann Ki Baat on Sunday morning, hailed the ex-premier as India’s most experienced leader, who was “connected with India ethos and well-versed with western thoughts .”
He said, “Shri Narasimha Rao JI belonged to a humble background.
He fought injustice from a very young age.
I hope many more Indians will read more about our former Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao Ji”
Rao served as the 9th Prime Minister of India from 1991-1996, the era during which India ushered in economic liberalisation- LPG.
Vice president of India, M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “Remembering former Prime Minister, Shri P V Narasimha Rao on his birth anniversary today. A pioneer of economic reforms which set India firmly on the path of economic recovery. He was an astute administrator and a multifaceted personality—a scholar, writer & polyglot.”
A veteran leader, he is largely credited for bringing in ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh as the then finance minister of India, who subsequently usher the Indian market in the global economy.
A lawyer and politician, the ex-PM was fluent in several languages. He was born in Warangal district, present day Telangana state, and passed away in 2004.