Now see all Indian Prime Ministers in one place, foundation stone for a museum laid

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 15: The foundation stone for a museum for prime ministers in the Teen Murti Estate premises is laid by Union Minister of State for Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma on Monday, despite objections raised by the Congress, including former PM Manmohan Singh. Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri laid the foundation stone for the museum at Teen Murti Estate, the official residence of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

  The Culture Ministry had issued an invite to media late Friday evening for the foundation stone laying ceremony.
     The government has gone ahead with its plan even as Singh last month wrote to his successor Narendra Modi, raising expressing concerns over the government's move to change the "nature and character" of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).
     Urging Modi to leave the Teen Murti Complex, which houses the NMML, "undisturbed", Singh said the present museum respected both history and heritage.
     "I recall that during the six-year tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji as prime minister, there was absolutely no attempt to change the nature and character of the NMML and the Teen Murti Complex in any way. But sadly that it seems to be part of the agenda of Government of India now," Singh noted in his letter on August 24.

Congress had opposed this move: 
     Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, who are members of the NMML society, along with historians had also opposed the move.
     Some had also called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 26, urging him not to dilute the legacy of Nehru.
     The new museum which will include memorabilia of prime ministers, Lal Bahadur Shastri onwards, will come up on a plot of land within the Teen Murti Estate and is expected to cost Rs 270 crore.