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Congress pays homage to Indira Gandhi on death anniversary

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pays tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her martyrdom day, at Indira Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi on October 31, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday were among leaders who offered their homage to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary.

The party also observed the Kisan Adhikar Divas to protest against the recent farm laws enacted by the Centre, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel’s death anniversary too. 

The official twitter handle also remembered Sardar Patel’s thoughts on non-violence and tweeted, “Non-violence is the essence of our nation’s being. Hatred and hostility have no place in it.”

Making a rare public appearance, the Congress chief offered floral tributes at the Indira Gandhi memorial museum located at 1 Safdarjang road, the house where the former Prime Minister was assassinated by her guards.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra paid her homage by visiting the Shakti Sthal, her grandmother’s memorial, while former party chief Rahul Gandhi took to twitter to pay his respects.

“From the false to truth. From darkness to light. From death to life. Thank you Dadi for showing me what it means to live these words,” he said in a tweet and also posted a picture of the former Prime Minister.

In a tweet, Ms. Vadra noted that it was both her grandmother’s death anniversary and Maharishi Valmiki’s birth anniversary.

“It was my grandmother who introduced me to Valmikiji’s teachings. Valmikij’'s teachings inspire me to raise the voice of the underprivileged in society and join their fight for justice,” she said.

Party general secretary in-charge of organisation K.C. Venugopal, chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, senior leaders Jairam Ramesh and Manish were among several party leaders who paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister.

The party had directed all Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) to observe ‘satyagraha’ between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at every district headquarters to protest the farm laws of the Modi government.

In an earlier statement, the All India Congress Committee said that during the satyagraha, party leaders will highlight “the special contribution of Sardar Patel to the farmers’ movement and their rights, particularly in the context of the Bardoli Farmers’ Movement and how the Modi government is blatantly attacking what the Sardar had fought for, as indeed undoing the Green Revolution ushered in by Smt. Indira Gandhi that made India self sustainable in food security”.

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