Gandhi Jayanti 2019: One Citizen, One Pledge: PM Modi’s Mantra For New India

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 03 October 2019, 12:23 AM
PM Narendra Modi visited Rajghat to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi (Image: ANI)
PM Narendra Modi visited Rajghat to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi (Image: ANI)

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: India is remembering Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his 150th birth anniversary. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran L K Advani, Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Hardeep Singh Puri, and BJP working president J P Nadda were among those who paid floral tributes to the father of the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will declare India open defecation free to mark the sesquicentennial year of Gandhi's birth anniversary. On Gandhi Jayanti, PM Modi will also visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad while several other events will be organised in Gujarat, the home state of Gandhi and other parts of the country. PM Modi is also scheduled to launch a campaign against use of single-use plastic on October 2 in an attempt to make sure that India is devoid of single-use plastic by 2022.

Live Updates:

8.34 pm: I call upon the citizens of India to take one oath that helps the country, the poor. Let's see how strong the oath of 130 crore Indians can do. If we work endlessly for a year, this will become our lifestyle. This will be a true tribute to Father of our Nation, Gandhi Ji: PM

8.33 pm: "I am satisfied that due to cleanliness, the poor does not need to spend lots of money on medication and treatment": PM Modi

8.31 pm: The governmemt has decided to spend Rs 3.5 lakh crore on the Jal Jeevan Mission, but it will be incomplete without the active participation of the citizens of India: PM Modi.

8.30 pm: Plastic is dangerous for cleanliness, the environment and animal health. Thus, we must achieve the target to make India single-use plastic-free by 2022: PM Modi.

8.29 pm: Today rural India and its villages have declared themselves 'open defecation free', says PM Modi. 

8.28 pm: Just as millions of Indians went out on the path of Satyagraha on a call by Bapu for the independence of the country, similarly crores of countrymen gave their wholehearted support for cleanliness.: PM Modi.

8.27 pm: Today in rural India, the villages have declared themselves free from open defecation. It is due to public participation that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has become a huge success: PM Modi.

8.26 pm: Today, this inspiring site of Sabarmati is witnessing a huge success of Swachhagraha, it is an occasion of happiness and pride for all of us.: PM Modi. 

8.25 pm: Before coming here I went to Sabarmati Ashram. I have had the opportunity to go there many times in my lifetime: PM Modi

8.24 pm: The whole world is celebrating the birth anniversary of Bapu. A few days ago, the United Nations issued a postage stamp to make this special occasion memorable and today postal stamp and coin have also been released here: PM Modi.

8.23 pm: May it be a holy occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Pujya Bapu, such a big halt to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the festival of Shakti, Navratri is also going on, there should be an echo of garba everywhere, such amazing coincidence is rarely seen: PM Modi

8.22 pm: I pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation from the holy banks of Sabarmati: PM Modi.  

8.19 pm: PM Narendra Modi welcomes 20,000 village heads.

7.49 pm: 

7.20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated by BJP workers in Ahmedabad.

7.10 pm: 

6.57 pm: 

6.17 pm: After 2014, when I went to UN, I pitched for International Yoga Day & UN passed the Yoga Day proposal in a very short time: PM Narendra Modi.

6.15 pm: All the world's leaders asked me about 'Howdy, Modi' at the UN, this shows the strength of India: PM Modi

6.13 pm: India's popularity & acceptance is growing in the world: PM Narendra Modi.

6.12 pm: Take any problem the world faces, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offer solutions to those challenges: PM Modi.

6.11 pm: Today India's reputation is increasing all over the world: PM Modi. 

6.10 pm: Gandhi 150 has been marked at the United Nations with immense enthusiasm: PM Modi.

6.06 pm: The world can see that India is at the forefront of several positive changes taking place at the world stage.  The fact that India always believes in taking everyone along has also been noted: PM Narendra Modi

6.05 PM: India’s stature is rising at the world stage. Respect for India is increasing all over. One can experience the change: PM at Ahmedabad airport

2:30 PM

BJP president Amit Shah kicked-off a four-month-long exercise on Wednesday with its leaders across the country undertaking foot marches and addressing public events to mark his 150th birth anniversary. The Congress launched a counter-drive with its president Sonia Gandhi taking a swipe at the Modi government, saying the Mahatma would have been pained by what has happened in India over the last few years.

2:00 PM

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday led a 'padyatra' with a large number of party workers following him to Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat. The 'Gandhi Sandesh Yatra' on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary began from the Delhi Congress office Rajiv Bhavan at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg and headed to Rajghat, about three kilometres away, with enthusiastic party workers waving flags and chanting the slogan 'Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein'.

12:50 PM

Sonia Gandhi: "It is easy to take Gandhi's name but hard to followe his ideals. Some people are trying every trick in the book. They want to project RSS as the symbol of India. This won't happen. They can't understand Gandhi's sacrifice. Indira Gandhi, Shastriji, Rajiv Gandhi and Narsimha Rao- everyone has contributed to nation building. Today farmer is troubled, unemployment is rising, women who have been opressed are being sent to jail. Our workers need to visit every corner of the country."

12:30 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proposed the 'Einstein Challenge' to ensure that the ideals of Bapu are remembered by future generations. PM Modi proposed the challenge in a column written for The New York Times on Mahatma Gandhi's 150 birth anniversary. The column published on Gandhi Jayanti is titled 'Why India and the World Need Gandhi'. READ FULL STORY HERE

11:55 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, at the Parliament, earlier today.

11:25 AM

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will take part in party's Gandhi Sandesh Yatra.

11:15 AM

Amit Shah at 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' in Delhi: Gandhi ji's satyagraha movement brought the British to their knees. He showed the path of truth and non violence to the world.

11:00 AM

Home Minister Amit Shah takes part in 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh.

10:00 AM

Air India paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi with a portrait on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft at Delhi Airport.

9:30 AM

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu urged people to implement Gandhian principles in their daily lives. "As we pay reverential homage to the Mahatma on his 150th Birth Anniversary, let us strive to transform our lives by internalizing and implementing the Gandhian principles in our daily life," the vice president said in his tweet.

9:00 AM

Prime Minister Modi said the nation expresses its gratitude to Gandhi for his everlasting contribution to humanity.  "We pledge to continue working hard to realise his dreams and create a better planet," Modi wrote on Twitter. In a short video on Gandhi, Modi said his message of peace is still relevant to the world community. The prime minister also referred to the seven perversions Gandhi had cautioned people about. These are:  wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, visit without ethics, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principles.

8:30 AM

PM Narendra Modi paid tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also paid tribute to Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat.

8:00 AM

Palestine on Tuesday released a commemorative postage stamp on Mahatma Gandhi, honouring his "legacy and values", to mark the 150 birth anniversary of the world leader on October 2. Palestinian Authority's (PA) Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology Ishaaq Seder released the stamp in the presence of Representative of India in PA Sunil Kumar at a ceremony held at the ministry in Ramallah.

7:30 AM

PM Narendra Modi visited Rajghat to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi as India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation on Wednesday. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and BJP interim president JP Nadda also visited the memorial to pay their respects.

Before his Rajghat visit, PM Modi tweeted his 'tributes to beloved Bapu'

Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri, PM Modi recalled the famous slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' given by the former Prime Minister.

India is also remembering former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary. Anil Shastri, son of the former Prime Minister, paid tribute to his father at Vijay Ghat.

7 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at the Ahmedabad airport around 6 pm, and will be greeted by BJP workers. He will then visit the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation. He will then visit the Sabarmati Riverfront, where he will declare the country open defecation-free (ODF) in the presence of over 20,000 village heads. People associated with Gandhian institutions, high court judges, Padma awardees, students, educationists and village-level sanitation workers have been invited for the function.

6.50 AM

BJP president Amit Shah will flag off the party's nationwide "Gandhi Sankalp Yatra" on Wednesday, with its leaders, including Union ministers, scheduled to start the four-month drive from different parts of the country. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP working president J P Nadda and Union ministers  Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal will attend 'sankalp yatra' at different places in the national capital. Many ministers will observe it in different states and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will undertake a foot march in Bhubaneswar in Odisha. The party had earlier said that its 3,229 MPs, MLAs, other elected representatives and office-bearers will join the yatra. 

6.40 AM

Congress will mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday by organising 'padayatras' across the country. The programme will be undertaken by the AICC in Delhi and by the PCCs in their state capitals. It will be followed by district and block Congress committees across the country. Senior Congress leaders and workers will assemble at 9:30 am at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office at DDU Marg and will then walk towards Rajghat. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will administer the oath to leaders and workers to redeem 'Gandhi, Gandhism and Gandhi's India'. Rahul Gandhi will join the 'padayatra' in Delhi. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to participate in the foot march in Lucknow to commemorate the birth anniversary. 

6.30 

The Gandhi Jayanti celebrations are turning out to be a game of one-upmanship between the Congress and the BJP as both are organising foot marches across the country in their bid to cash in on his legacy.

First Published: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 07:31 AM
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