Parliament today paid homage to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on the 80th anniversary of their martyrdom today.
“The courage, bravery and patriotism of these martyrs will always be a source of inspiration to the youth of the country,” Speaker Meira Kumar said in the Lok Sabha.
Ms. Kumar said eighty years ago, on March 23, 1931 Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev attained martyrdom to liberate the nation from the shackles of colonialism and imperialism.
“Their patriotism, uncompromising devotion to the cause of their motherland and their selfless sacrifice have immortalised them for all times,” Rajya Chairman Hamid Ansari said.
“Let us pledge to uphold the cherished values for which they gave their life,” Mr. Ansari said.
Both the Houses observed a minute’s silence to pay homage to the martyrs.
Soon after, Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan said the day is also the birth anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.
“Today is the last day of the birth centenary of Ram Manohar Lohia which was being marked from 2010 to 2011. We urge the government to establish an educational institution in his name and honour him with Bharat Ratna,” he said raising the issue in Zero Hour.