The State Assembly is the bedrock of democracy as it has passed many significant legislations and shaped a Kerala model which is lauded the world over, Governor Nikhil Kumar has said.

Inaugurating the new Legislature Museum on the Assembly complex here on Monday, Mr. Kumar said the democratic tradition of the State went back to the princely States of Travancore and Cochin.

“The museum, a memorial of the Assembly to the Father of the Nation is a boon to students. It will promote the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. It also focusses on the personal life of the Mahatma,” he said.

The Governor described the Mahatma as a leader who came with the original thoughts of non-violence and the civil disobedience movement. The museum would evolve as a centre of history and knowledge, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in his presidential address, said a project should be worked out to make the museum useful for history students. Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan delivered the keynote address.

Deputy Speaker N.Sakthan offered felicitation. Speaker G.Karthikeyan welcomed the gathering and Legislature Secretary P.D.Sarangadharan proposed a vote of thanks.

This is the first Gandhiji memorial museum to be set up in association with a State Assembly. It has more than 100 rare pictures, extensive collection of audio and video materials, a visual display on the life and vision of Gandhiji and a video on the history of the legislative process in the State.