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Visionary who laid foundations of modern India: Cong pays tributes to Nehru

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New Delhi: Several Congress leaders on Sunday paid rich tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary, with the party hailing the country’s first prime minister as a visionary who laid the foundations of modern India.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi offered floral tributes at Shanti Vana in New Delhi, while several party leaders paid glowing tributes on social media to the Congress stalwart.

Born in 1889, the Congress stalwart remains the country’s longest serving prime minister.

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi posted a quote of Nehru — “What we need is a generation of peace” — and said remembering India’s first prime minister who greatly valued truth, unity and peace.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also paid a tribute to Nehru and hailed the contribution of farmers, soldiers and labourers while remembering India’s first prime minister.

The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hailed Nehru’s contribution and said he played a major role in making India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal paid a tribute to Nehru, saying, “We are the children of our Republic he cherished and nourished. He built institutions of the future. He celebrated diversity that is our strength.”

“We should worry that what he stood for is slowly being demolished!” he said.

The Congress, on its official Twitter handle, paid rich tributes to Nehru.

“A hero of our freedom movement, a visionary who laid the foundations of modern India, a nationalist who stood fearlessly to protect India’s interests, an inspirational human who transformed the thought of generations, Pandit Nehru was a true son of Bharat Mata,” the party said.

PM Modi pays tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.

“Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his birth anniversary,” Modi tweeted.

Oppn slams govt over absence of RS Chairman, LS Speaker from Parl event

The Opposition on Sunday hit out at the government over the absence of Rajya Sabha Chairman, Lok Sabha Speaker and ministers from the traditional event marking the birth anniversary of those whose portraits adorn Parliament’s Central Hall.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, along with other party leaders, attended the event marking the birth anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Extraordinary scene today in Parliament at the traditional function to mark the birth anniversary of those whose portraits adorn the Central Hall. Speaker Lok Sabha absent. Chairman Rajya Sabha absent. Not a single Minister present. Can it get more atrocious than this?!” Congress’ chief whip in Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh, who attended the event, said on Twitter.

Tagging Ramesh’s tweet, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien also hit out at the government.

“Nothing surprises me anymore. This dispensation is destroying India’s great institutions, including #Parliament one day at a time,” said O’Brien in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay tributes to Nehru on his birth anniversary.

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