New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to social activists Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and Nanaji Deshmukh on their birth anniversaries.
"Jayaprakash Narayan (also known as JP) was a true nationalist, who devoted his life to service and nation building. Tributes on his birth anniversary," Modi said in a statement.
"JP`s call for `Sampoorna Kranti` galvanised the entire nation and played a historic role in preserving India`s democratic fabric," he said.
In 1999, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India`s highest civilian award, in recognition of his social work. JP was born on October 11, 1902. He died on October 08, 1979.
Paying tribute to Deshmukh, the Prime Minister said: "Tributes to Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary. His organisation skills and efforts to serve society are a source of inspiration for us."
Deshmukh, born in 1916, was a social activist and worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance. He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
Deshmukh had worked as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteer and was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha. He died on February 27, 2010.