Special Correspondent

More than 650 photographs carefully collected and exhibited showcase the history of the party since 1885

HYDERABAD: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday inaugurated a photo exhibition depicting the history of the over 100-year-old Congress party at the imposing Gachibowli stadium, the venue of the 82nd AICC plenary.

The stadium which has been bedecked for the mega event saw the eye-catching exhibition thrown open to the delegates, which transport the visitors back to the pre-Independence era and the freedom struggle by the Congress leaders. More than 650 photographs carefully collected and exhibited showcase the history of the party since 1885.

The father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi participating in the Satyagraha and his famous Dandi March left the visitors cherishing the historic moment. The happy and sad moments of the freedom struggle and the sacrifices of the people have been neatly displayed.

Mahatma Gandhi's tenure in the jail and his interaction with other political prisoners and the tragic Jallianwala Bagh firing also find a place in the exhibition.

Another photo shows the former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru attending a meeting with Lord Mountbatten on the partition of the country in 1947. Curiously enough, the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Md. Ali Jinnah, who later went on to be known as the founder of Pakistan, were also present at the meeting.

The photograph of newly-wed Sonia Gandhi visiting India after her marriage with Rajiv Gandhi also finds a place, which would interest the Congressmen.