Congress veteran Sonia Gandhi, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari paid floral tributes to first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Shanti Vana in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot, party leaders PC Chacko, Ajay Maken and hundreds of Congress leaders and activists were also present at the memorial to pay tribute to the leader, whose birth anniversary is observed as Children’s Day across the nation.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Singapore to attend the ASEAN summit, also remembered Pt Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.
“Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary,” posted President Kovind on his official Twitter handle.
Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 14, 2018
PM Modi recalled Nehru’s contribution to 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.,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 14, 2018
Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
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.