N V subhash, grandson of P V Narasimha Rao on Thursday hit back at a senior Congress leader for his allegations against the former Prime Minister and asked the Gandhi family to apologise for "injustice" done to him.
Subhash called AICC Secretary G Chinna Reddy's statement that Rao had tried to "sideline" the Nehru-Gandhi family during his tenure as "not true and condemnable".
Subhash added that his grandfather was the most trusted and loyal leader for Gandhi family and had always guided the family on many issues.
Subhash joined the BJP in 2014 and is one of the official spokespersons of the Telangana unit of the party.
He alleged that the Congress had always neglected the leaders other than those from the Nehru-Gandhi family, especially his late grandfather.
While talking to PTI, he said: "It is very clear and evident that his dead body was not even allowed to enter the headquarters of AICC in Delhi."
He also highlighted the fact that all the former PM's memorial was built in New Delhi except that of Rao's which shows the indifferent attitude of the Congress leaders.
He also added that his grandfather never sidelined or suppressed the Gandhi family.
Talking about Sonia Gandhi, he asaid that she was very well informed about the party activities, development initiatives taken up by the government, Cabinet expansions, the election process, campaign and allotment of tickets in Assembly elections. "In fact, on many occasions, Rao personally met Sonia Gandhi and apprised her", he said.
He then added that she was neither interested in politics nor wanted her kids to get into politics. "So, where is the question of suppressing the family?" Subash asked.
Former Congress Minister, Reddy, in the undivided Andhra Pradesh too sought to blame Rao over the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992 when he was the prime minister, saying it alienated Muslims from the party.
Responding to it, Subhash said that Rao had taken all the necessary steps to stop its demolition. "If it is true (that the demolition alienated Muslims from Congress) then how is it possible that the Congress was in power from 2004 to 2014?", he questioned.
Accusing the Congress leaders of always giving credit to Nehru-Gandhi family for success but discrediting Rao for the party's failures, he added that the Party never spoke about the economic liberalisation policy initiated by Rao's government.
"At least now, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and an entire coterie of Gandhi family and Congress should apologise to the nation for the injustice done to Narasimha Rao", he said.
He added that they should recognise Rao's services by paying him rich tributes on the occasion of his 98th birth anniversary tomorrow.