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Leaders pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyrs Day

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the leaders who on Thursday paid tributes to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat on his death anniversary, the Martyrs Day.

Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi also paid floral tributes to the leader at the Raj Ghat — the memorial dedicated to Gandhi.

Apart from political leaders, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General M.M. Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also paid their tributes.

On #MartyrsDay, President Kovind’s homage to #MahatmaGandhi: “In his final sacrifice, Gandhiji left a constant reminder for us: Unconditional love, especially for The Other. I am confident, more and more of us will discover Gandhiji’s true message,” President’s office said in a tweet.

“A tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary. The personality, ideas and ideals of Bapu will continue to inspire us to build a strong, capable and prosperous New India,” Modi tweeted before his visit to the Raj Ghat.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also paid his tributes to Gandhi in a tweet saying he taught the whole world to fight for right with the power of non-violence and truth.

“The relevance of his concepts of education, health, sanitation, harmony, brotherhood and swaraj remains intact in the lives of all of us even today. A great tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1948.

—IANS

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