Nation with the PM and President pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Jayanthi, Rajghat New Delhi, Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi : The country with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has remembered and pays homage to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary today at Rajghat here.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Mahesh Sharma, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader L K Advani and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad too joined in paying homage to the Father of the Nation.

Modi, who arrived at Rajghat at around 7.40 am, offered rose petals to the 'samadhi', which attracts a large number of Gandhian followers and admirers today.

Clad in a khadi kurta and white pyjama, and a long traditional scarf, Modi, during his brief visit there, paid homage to the Mahatma by bowing his head at his memorial and performing a 'parikrama' (circumambulation) around it.

"Heartfelt homage to revered father of the nation ('Poojya baapu ko shat shat naman')," Modi wrote on Twitter today.

He also posted a sepia-toned picture of Gandhi, standing beside a broom, to emphasise the Gandhian vision-driven mission of 'Swachh Bharat'.

Mahatma Gandhi, besides standing for liberty and freedom, also championed the cause of cleanliness, and Prime Minister's 'Clean India' campaign which completed one year today is a tribute to his values.

"Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi's heart. Let us reaffirm our commitment for a Swachh Bharat & fulfil our beloved Bapu's dream. A clean India will enhance our development journey & benefit the poor," said Modi on the picture post.

President Mukherjee also paid floral tributes to the Mahatma at his memorial. A large number of school children also gathered at the venue to pay homage to the father of the nation.

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