President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his 149th birth anniversary, urging the people to rededicate themselves to the values espoused by the leader and fulfil his dreams.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also paid homage to the father of the nation at his iconic memorial in New Delhi.
“Homage to Bapu on #GandhiJayanti. Let us rededicate ourselves to the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi – peace, fraternity, harmony and inclusive national development. Gandhiji’s message remains relevant for all and he continues to be our guiding light,” the President tweeted.
“Paying Homage to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his Birth Anniversary today at the Rajghat in Delhi,” said the Vice President on Twitter.
PM Modi also took to Twitter to extol the virtues of Gandhi, who led the nation to freedom, riding a path of non-violence.
“The noble thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi have given strength to millions across the world. He was a stalwart who lived for others and to make our world a better place. Paid tributes to Bapu at Rajghat this morning. #Gandhi150,” he said and shared pictures of Rajghat.
The birth anniversary of Gandhiji is a wonderful opportunity to come together and fulfill his dreams, the prime minister said.
The government has planned grand celebrations to mark 150th year of Gandhi’s anniversary which would culminate on October 2, 2019.
The president, the vice president and the prime minister also visited Vijay Ghat Tuesday morning to pay tributes to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.
“Remembering our former Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri ji on his birth anniversary. His integrity, wartime leadership and role in the shaping of the Green Revolution remains an inspiration for the entire country #PresidentKovind,” President Kovind tweeted.
Vice President too paid tributes to the former PM at Vijayghat.
PM Modi also paid homage at the Vijay Ghat and tweeted, “Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji epitomised strength and simplicity. He led India at a crucial time and worked hard to make our nation more prosperous.”
At the Rajghat, several other leaders, foreign diplomats, senior government officials joined in paying tribute to the Mahatma.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, who arrived soon after Rahul Gandhi, paid floral tribute to Gandhiji.
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, senior BJP leader L K Advani also paid tributes to Gandhi on the occasion.
An inter-faith prayer ceremony was also observed to promote the spirit of peace, amity and communal harmony as espoused in Mahatma’s principles of ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhav’.
(With inputs from PTI)