Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla and Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu paid floral tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at The Ridge Shimla, today.
Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla, on this occasion, reflected on the enduring legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. He highlighted Gandhi Ji’s unwavering commitment to truth and non-violence, which has become the cornerstone of his life’s work. The Governor praised Gandhi Ji for his deep-rooted connection to Indian traditions, marked by integrity and simplicity. He stressed how Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of Swadeshi, Swaraj, self-reliance and cleanliness continue to inspire us all.
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, in his message, emphasized the profound impact of Gandhi Ji’s non-violent approach on the freedom struggle. He underlined how Gandhi Ji’s leadership and dedication to non-violence played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for independence. The Chief Minister called upon the citizens to draw inspiration from Gandhi Ji’s ideals and incorporate them into their lives as a genuine tribute.
The Governor and the Chief Minister also visited the photo exhibition based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Later, the Governor and the Chief Minister also paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at CTO Chowk on his birth anniversary.
“Shastri Ji inspired the country to make it self-reliant by giving the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. Shastri Ji’s integrity, humility and simplicity will always inspire all the countrymen”, said Shukla.
“When there was a shortage of food in the country, Shastri ji gave the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ and inspired us to move towards self-reliance. He was an embodiment of simplicity who gave the message of duty to the country”, said the Chief Minister.
Patriotic songs and bhajans were also recited on the occasion.
Education Minister Rohit Thakur, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sanjay Awasthy, local MLA Harish Janartha, Mayor, Municipal Corporation Shimla Surinder Chauhan and Deputy Mayor Uma Kaushal, Principal Private Secretary to CM Vivek Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla Aditya Negi, Director, Information & Public Relations Rajiv Kumar, Commissioner MC Shimla Bhupender Kumar Attri, students from Balika Ashram Tutikandi and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.