Cong pays tributes to Rajiv Gandhi

Senior Cong leaders paying floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi at a function in Jammu on Thursday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Senior Cong leaders paying floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi at a function in Jammu on Thursday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR/ JAMMU, Aug 20: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) today paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister (Bharat Ratna) Rajiv Gandhi on his 76th birth anniversary.
Congress organized a function at Srinagar Party office to commemorate birth anniversary of former Prime Minister, in which senior party leaders, Ex- Legislators, District presidents and prominent party workers participated and recalled the selfless services and sacrifices by the departed leaders for the country.
JKPCC president GA Mir who presided over the function paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister and described him as a great statesman, reformer and visionary, who did his utmost to make India a powerful country in every respect.
Mir recalled the sacrifices and selfless services rendered departed leader to the Nation and said Late Rajiv was a best reformer, who restructured the rural India by introducing Panchayati Raj system, aiming to empower poor and downtrodden people at grass roots. He said the deceased leader shall continue to inspire the generations, for the fact, he has taken the prestige of the Nation to the new heights in every respect.
He slammed BJP for claiming the credit of achievements done by the Congress Party and emphasized the BJP Govt to adopt the policies of Rajiv Gandhi and contribute to peace and development rather than pushing the country to backwardness and economic crisis by taking wrong decisions, which has become a routine of the Modi Govt.
Those who paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi included Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Surinder Singh Channi, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Shameema Iqbal, Shameema Raina, Abdul Gani Khan, Haji Farooq Mir and others.
Jammu unit of JKPCC organised main function at PCC head office Shaheedi Chowk led by DCC president Jammu Urban Yogesh Sawhney and attended by senior leaders of PCC and frontal wings including Mahila Congress, Congress Seva Dal and Youth Congress.
Prominent leaders include former minister and vice president, Raman Bhalla, JKPCC spokesperson Ravinder Sharma , Rajnish Sharma, Manmohan Singh, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Indu Pawar president Mahila, Congress, KL Gupta, Narinder Sharma, Thomas Khokhar, Neeraj Gupta, Rajesh Sadotra, Udey Bhanu Singh (PYC chief), Dr Ramakant Khajuria , ML Malager, Gourav Chopra, Satish Sharma, Camres David and others.
Raman Bhalla, lauded “unmatched contributions of the late PM towards the country.” He said that his able leadership led India towards progress, development and modernisation which was a result of his dedication and love for the country. Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation of a modern India. He left an imprint of modernity.
Ravinder Sharma remembered the late leader as a great visionary. He said that Gandhi had been the one who endorsed modernisation and liberalisation in the real sense. He did great in the field of IT and telecom, education and formed strong pillars for our present society to stand on.
Sawhney spoke about his incredible leadership and humanity. “His policies and steps changed India in many ways forever,” he said. His contributions to the IT sector can never be forgotten.
District Congress Committee Jammu (Rural) also celebrated birth anniversary of former Prime Minister in a function held at Azad Colony, Muthi in Jammu today.
The programme was organized under the leadership of Hari Singh Chib, president DCC Jammu Rural in which Mula Ram former minister and vice President JKPCC was the chief guest and Uday Bhanu Chib president IYC J&K was the guest of honour.
Mula Ram described Rajiv Gandhi as the architect of 21st century, who prepared the youth of the country for the future challenges in the modern world, especially IT and computer revolution, lowering of voting age from 21 years to 18 years and a vibrant Panchayat Raj system in the country.
Hari Singh Chib said that Rajiv Gandhi lowered the voting age to 18 years, gave vibrant Panchayat Raj System with 33% reservation to women. He said that 73rd – 74th amendment was introduced and incorporated into the Panchayats and Urban bodies to establish elected three-tier system in the state by the efforts of Congress in the previous coalition of NC-Congress in 2014.
Pradesh Youth Congress leaders and other activists led by its president Uday Chib organized blood donation camp at party office Jammu and held plantation drive in Raipur-Domana area of Jammu to mark the birth anniversary of Late Rajiv Gandhi. Scores of PYC activists donated blood for needy people.
At Kishtwar Congress office, former minister GM Saroori led the party functionaries to pay tributes to Late Rajiv Gandhi. Saroori recalled contributions of former PM.
Congress leader Satish Sharma also paid tributes to Late Rajiv Gandhi in a function organised at Gangyal, Ward 56. In Vijaypur, Congress leader Babbal Gupta led the party activists to pay tributes to Late Gandhi. Similar functions were held at all the district headquarters in J&K UT and Ladakh.


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