Mahatma Gandhi Remembered on 143rd Birth Anniversary
Mahatma Gandhi was today fondly remembered with President Pranab Mukherjee leading the nation in playing glowing tributes to the Father of the Nation on the occasion of his 143rd birth anniversary.
Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior BJP leader L K Advani were among the prominent people who visited Gandhi's memorial at Rajghat to offer floral tributes.
Other dignitaries who visited Rajghat included Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Defence Minister A K Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
An all-religion prayer was conducted during the remembrance ceremony. The favourite hymns of Gandhi were also played at the function.
In Parliament House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar led MPs in offering floral tributes at the portraits of Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in the Central Hall.
Leader of Lok Sabha Sushilkumar Shinde, Leader of the Opposition in the lower house Sushma Swaraj, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and BJP Parliamentary Party leader L K Advani were also present on the occasion.
Rich tributes were paid to the Father of the Nation and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function held at Haryana Raj Bhawan.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Jagannath Pahadia said that Mahatma Gandhi proved that violence and war are no solutions to any problem.
He said that late Lal Bahadur Shastri symbolised simplicity, honesty, patriotism and dedication to duty.
Among those present on the occasion included President of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Phool Chand Mullana.
Governor Devanand Konwar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar garlanded the bust of Gandhi at an official function at the historic Gandhi Maidan on the occasion of the 143 birth anniversary of the 'Father of the Nation'.
Konwar led the dignitaries in garlanding the statue of the former Prime Minister at Shastri Nagar park on the 108th birth anniversary of Shastri jee.
Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Speaker V Sabapathy, Ministers, legislators and officials joined Lt Governor Iqbal Singh to pay homage at the statue of the Father of the Nation on the beach road.
A team of Congress leaders comprising the Union Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy, the leader of the opposition V Vaithilingam and the PCC leader A V Subramanian garlanded the statue after holding a programme at the party office.
Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa paid floral tributes to the Mahatma.
Various programmes such as inter-faith prayer were also held. A function was also held at TNCC headquarters Satyamoorthy Bhavan.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today paid tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi.
They offered flowers to the portrait of Gandhi at Gandhi circle.
Gandhism is as relevant today as it was before Independence and one should pledge to adhere to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed and Chief Minister Arjun Munda said as they paid rich tributes to Gandhiji on his 143rd birth anniversary at a function organised by Jharkhand Khadi Gram Udyog to mark Gandhi Jayanti here.
Calling upon the people to renew their pledge to adhere to his ideals, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said Gandhiji’s ideals and his thoughts on economic policies were pertinent even today.
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