Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said the state cabinet and legislature would pass resolutions requesting the Bharat Ratna be awarded to former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao posthumously.
The chief minister said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the request.
Chandrasekhar Rao recently decided to organise the centenary celebrations of Narasimha Rao on a grand scale.
On Tuesday, he unveiled the plans for the celebrations.
“PV was such a leader that the country should be proud of. He had changed the country’s destiny for the better. PV is completely eligible to get the Bharat Ratna award, the highest civilian award, constituted by the Centre,” an official release quoted the chief minister as saying.
“The cabinet and the legislature would pass resolutions demanding Bharat Ratna award to Narasimha Rao posthumously and they will be sent to the Centre,” it said.
“I will personally meet Modi and request him to confer Bharat Ratna on PV,” he said.
On June 28, the birth anniversary of Narasimha Rao, the main programme would be organised at PV Gnana Bhoomi (the samadhi of the former prime minister) in Hyderabad, while it would also be held at 50 locations worldwide around the same time, the release said.
The chief minister held a meeting with ministers, officials, Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations committee chairman and TRS MP K. Keshav Rao and Narasimha Rao’s son Prabhakar Rao and daughter Vani Devi.
“PV has a history by which every Telanganite can proudly say PV is Telangana’s pride. Organise a wide range of programmes for one year on PV’s greatness; his services and they should be known worldwide,” the chief minister said.
Suggesting organising programmes at the national level to make people in the country understand the greatness of Narasimha Rao, the chief minister said President Ram Nath Kovind and Modi should be invited for the celebrations.
Stating that the economic reforms steered by Narasimha Rao have changed the country for the better, the chief minister said a special souvenir should be published with articles written by eminent economists on what was the economic situation in the country before Narasimha Rao and after he became the prime minister.
Recalling that Narasimha Rao had good relationships with former US president Bill Clinton and former British prime minister John Major and other world leaders, the chief minister suggested obtaining their opinions too and, if possible, making them participate in the celebrations.
He suggested putting up hoardings at key places in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru and 100 hoardings in Hyderabad to make the entire country realise the greatness of Narasimha Rao.
He directed that a PV Memorial Award be given to those who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of education, literature, politics and others.
Among other directives, the chief minister also instructed that special programmes be organised once educational institutions in the state resume and students be made to participate in them.