NEW DELHI: Accusing PM Modi and “his drumbeaters” of creating a “bogus” narrative about the ‘sengol’ (sceptre) to be installed in the new Parliament hall, Congress on Friday said there was no documented evidence that the sceptre was given by the British to first PM Jawaharlal Nehru as a symbol of transfer of power.
It said Nehru’s own words about Allahabad Museum where it was kept suggested it was a cultural relic, while the best witnesses of the time, C Rajagopalachari and Lord Mountbatten, never said anything about the sengol being given by
to Nehru. The party said the “fake narrative of Whatsapp University” was fabricated to further BJP’s political designs in Tamil Nadu.
Party spokesman Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “The sceptre is now being used by the PM and his drumbeaters for their political ends in Tamil Nadu. This is typical of this brigade that embroiders facts to suit its twisted objectives. The real question is why is President
not being allowed to inaugurate the new Parliament.”
He said the sceptre was conceived of by a religious establishment in the Madras province and crafted in Madras city, which was gifted to Nehru in August 1947. “There is no documented evidence whatsoever of Mountbatten, Rajaji and Nehru describing this sceptre as a symbol of transfer of British power to India. All claims to this effect are plain and simple — bogus,” Ramesh said.
“Wholly and completely manufactured in the minds of a few and dispersed into WhatsApp, and now to the drumbeaters in the media. Two of the finest Rajaji scholars with impeccable credentials have expressed surprise,” the spokesman said, tagging a news report questioning the government’s claims.
“Is it any surprise that the new Parliament is being consecrated with typically false narratives from WhatsApp University? The BJP-RSS distorians stand exposed yet again with maximum claims, minimum evidence,” he added.
Tagging Nehru’s remarks made in Allahabad, he said the sceptre presented to Nehru was kept for display at Allahabad Museum, and what Nehru said there on December 14, 1947, was a matter of public record.