Cong forms a panel to oversee the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh war
Congress on Tuesday formed a committee led by former Defense Minister AK Antony to oversee celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war that led to the dismemberment of Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh. The panel will also include Punjab Prime Minister Amarinder Singh, former Lok Sabha Chairman Meira Kumar, former Maharashtra Prime Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and former Union Minister Jitendra Singh.
“The President of Congress approved the formation of the committee to plan and coordinate the activities of the National Congress of India to commemorate the historic 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War won in 1971, which bears witness to the special relationship between our two countries “. the party said in a statement.
Congressional Leader Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister when India defeated Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The congressional panel formation comes days after the government did its best to commemorate the Vijay Diwas which is observed annually on December 16 to celebrate the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the National War Memorial in New Delhi to mark the anniversary. The government has announced celebrations to mark the 1971 War Golden Jubilee. Events will take place across India and war veterans will be congratulated throughout the year.
The war also ended with the largest military surrender after World War II.
Faced with an aggressive ruling Bharatiya Janata party, which thrives on nationalism, Congress is eager to reclaim the legacy of Indira Gandhi, who led India during the 1971 war.