New Delhi: Vice-President Hamid Ansari Monday led the nation in remembering those who were killed in the 2001 terror attack on Parliament House.
Cutting across party lines, MPs paid homage to the
nine people, including eight security personnel, killed in the
attack when five heavily-armed terrorists entered the
Ansari, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress chief
Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, BJP veteran LK Advani, several Union ministers and other dignitaries paid floral tributes at the photographs of those killed in the attack.
As CRPF personnel gave salute, those who had gathered
to mark the occasion stood in silence for a minute with
buglers playing in the background.
A blood donation camp was organised to mark the ninth
"Their (the terrorists) conspiracy to attack
Parliament where ministers and politicians were sitting ducks
was foiled by these people...had they succeeded, it would have
been the biggest tragedy for Indian democracy," Advani told
reporters after the homage programme.