Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday remembered the "bold leadership, achievements and contributions" of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in shaping modern India.
Sonia Gandhi, in a message, said that the birth centenary of Narasimha Rao is an occasion to recall and pay tribute to a very scholarly and erudite personality.
"After a long career in state and national politics, he became Prime Minister of India at a time of grave economic crisis. Through his bold leadership, our country was able to overcome many challenges successfully. The Union Budget of July 24, 1991, paved the way for the economic transformation of our country," she said.
Sonia Gandhi said that Rao's tenure was also marked by a number of political, social, and foreign policy achievements and added that he was a dedicated Congressman.
"I congratulate the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee for having organized these year-long celebrations. PV Narasimha Rao was a very respected national and international figure. The Congress Party takes pride in his many accomplishments and contributions," she added.
Rahul Gandhi also congratulated the Telangana PCC on organizing a year-long celebration to commemorate the birth centenary of Rao.
"On this occasion, we celebrate the legacy of a man whose contribution continues to shape modern India. From joining the Congress party in his teenage years to becoming the Prime Minister of the largest democracy, his remarkable political journey reflected his grit and determination," he said.
"July 24 marks the twenty-ninth anniversary of the 1991 budget. On this day, India embarked on a bold new path of economic transformation. Rao and Dr. Manmohan Singh played a pivotal role in ushering in the era of liberalization," he added.
Rahul Gandhi expressed hope that this event will revive interest among our youth to learn about India's growth story and the remarkable individuals who made it possible.
Telangana PCC has made elaborate arrangements to hold the centenary celebrations of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao from July 24.