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President Kovind, PM, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru

 

New Delhi / Kolkata

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday paid tributes to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.

Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day. He remained in office until his death in 1964.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, former vice president Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhi paid their respects to Nehru at Shantivan.

“Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary,” read a post on the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind .

Modi recalled Nehru’s contribution in India’s freedom struggle and during his tenure as prime minister.

“Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister,” he tweeted.

Tricolour balloons were released amid playing of bands and singing of patriotic songs by school children at Nehru’s memorial Shantivan.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying tributes to the first prime minister at the Central Hall of Parliament.

Besides Mahajan, senior leaders L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Union minister Vijay Goel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others paid homage to Nehru.

 

‘Rededicate ourselves to honour Nehru’

On Jawaharlal Nehru’s 129th birth anniversary, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said the best way to honour the country’s first prime minister was by rededicating ourselves to freedom, democracy, secularism and socialism.

Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day. He remained in office until his death in 1964.

“On the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the best way for us to honour him, is by rededicating ourselves to Freedom, Democracy, Secularism & Socialism. These were the core values he believed in and fought for. These are the core values that bind our nation together,” Gandhi tweeted.

‘Take good care of children, they are the future’


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said care should be taken of the children as they are the future of our society.

On Children’s Day, Banerjee showered blessings on all children and said various schemes like ‘Sabuj Shree’ and ‘Shishu Sathi’ have been rolled out by her government for their welfare.

“My love and blessings to all children on the occasion of #ChildrensDay. From #ShishuSathi to #SabujShree, we have several schemes for the welfare of children. They are the future of our society. We must take care of them,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.

Children’s Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries. In india, it is celebrated on November 14 on the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Nehru, who was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’, was known for his love for children.

 

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