NEW DELHI

Cleanliness drive by Congress to mark Dandi March celebrations

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with DPCC President Ram Babu Sharma at the launch of cleanliness drive to mark Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with DPCC President Ram Babu Sharma at the launch of cleanliness drive to mark Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena  

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. All the 12 district units of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee today organised a cleanliness drive to mark the second phase of the ongoing 75th anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's "Dandi March" salt satyagraha. The main function was held at Balmiki Basti on Mandir Marg where the DPCC president, Ram Babu Sharma, and the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, launched the cleanliness drive.

While the function at Balmiki Basti was attended by the Member of Parliament from New Delhi, Ajay Maken, and the area MLA, Ashok Ahuja, in programmes conducted in other parts of the Capital various prominent party leaders, MPs, MLAs and Municipal Councillors participated.

During the programme at Balmiki Basti, local residents and hundreds of others joined hands with the leaders in removing garbage and other waste and swept the streets, lanes and by-lanes clean of all dirt. Lending a patriotic pitch to the programme, Congress workers raised slogan to perpetuate the memory of the Father of the Nation and recalled the simple life and ideals he practised in life.

Mr. Sharma in his address said Balmiki Basti was the place where Bapu used to live and where he set a glorious personal example before others by himself undertaking the cleaning of his surroundings. The DPCC, he said, has decided to launch the noble programme from the site to honour the great leader, teacher and visionary.

As part of the Salt Satyagraha re-enactment function which began on March 12 and would conclude on April 6, he said. Congress workers from Delhi would continue to propagate the messages of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Delhi Congress leader said Gandhiji also firmly believed in service to society and humanity and the same principles were being followed by the party workers who believe in high thinking and good deeds for the larger good of the country and do not differentiate on the lines of region or religion. After Holi, he said, all the block Congress committees would continue the cleanliness drive in Harijan bastis and unauthorised colonies and remove the accumulated garbage so that it does not pose a major health hazard.

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