Mahatma Gandhi remembered on 143rd birth anniversary



New Delhi: 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.

In Haryana, 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.

PTI