Who in India uses maternal grandfather’s surname? Congress hits back at PM Modi | India News

NEW DELHI: When asked who in India uses their grandfather’s last name, Parliament on Friday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks about Gandhis not using Nehru’s name and said he did not understand Basic knowledge of Indian culture.
“Only God can save the country,” AICC secretary general Randeep Surjewala told reporters a day after Modi, in a speech in the Rajya Sabha, asked why the Gandhis were embarrassed to use Last name Nehru.
“A person sitting in such a position of responsibility who doesn’t know or understand the culture of India… would say something like this…. You can ask any person in the country, who using grandpa’s last name?” Surjewala told a news conference at party headquarters in the presence of National Assembly speaker Mallikarjun Kharge.
“If he doesn’t even have a basic understanding of Indian culture, then only God can save this country,” Surjewala said.
In his speech at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi took aim at the Parliament who criticized the government for ignoring Jawaharlal Nehru’s efforts in nation building.
“…if Nehru ji’s name is omitted by us, we will correct it because he is the first prime minister of the country. But I don’t understand why people in his clan are afraid to keep them. Nehru? Are you ashamed to have the last name Nehru? What is shame? When the family is not ready to accept such a great personality, why do you keep questioning us,” he said.
The prime minister also criticized Nehru and former prime minister Indira Gandhi for repeatedly using Article 356 of the Constitution to overthrow state governments led by non-Congressional parties.


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