|JAMMU, Oct 31: To commemorate 28th death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, several functions were held today by the Congress party throughout Jammu province, while the main function held at the party headquarters Shaheedi Chowk, Jammu. |
The function was organised by Pradesh Congress Committee and was attended by senior functionaries of PCC, district presidents, ministers, legislators, office bearers of DCC Jammu, block presidents, Youth Congress, INTUC, Mahila Congress, Seva Dal and NSUI.
The function presided over by former Member Parliament and senior vice president PCC Dharam Pal Sharma was addressed by former Deputy Chief Minister and senior vice president PCC Mangat Ram Sharma, MP Madan Lal Sharma, Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla, Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma, vice president Hari Singh, general secretary and spokesperson Ravinder Sharma MLC, Mahila president Indu Pawar-MLA, vice chairperson SC Board Swarn Lata, vice chairman OBC Board Kuldeep Raj Verma, president DCC Jammu (U) Om Chopra ex-MLA, Lal Mohammed Sabir ex-minister, president DCC Ramban Bharat Gandhi ex-MLA, Shiv Dev Singh ex-MLA, S R Sudhir and working president DCC D S Langeh.
While paying tributes to Indira Gandhi, senior leaders remembered her achievements and said that she was known as an iron lady for her dynamic qualities of leadership, farsightedness and statesmanship. She led the country to great heights of success in various fields and India emerged as a strong and powerful nation in the world due to her able leadership and she was one of the most successful Prime Minister of the country who worked for the welfare and upliftment of the downtrodden and poor sections of the society. They remembered her bold initiative to enter in to accord with Sheikh Abdullah in 1975.
They also referred to her role in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). They recalled her supreme sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the nation.
Dharam Pal Sharma recalled the valuable contributions of Indira known as an iron lady for her leadership qualities. She launched various welfare schemes for the upliftment of the down trodden and poor sections of the society, he said.
Veteran Congress leader Mangat Ram Sharma referred to his association with the late leader and the Congress party and described her a dynamic personality under whose leadership country and the Congress party emerged stronger. He said that she always respected party workers and enforced discipline in the party.
Member Parliament Madan Lal Sharma remembered her major contribution like nationalization of banks, abolition of privy-purse, 20-point programme and strengthening of Non-Align Movement (NAM). He said that Indira Gandhi always took keen interest in strengthening the organization and all countrymen should follow her policies for strengthening the party in the state by forging unity.
Bhalla described Indira Gandhi as an able administrator and great visionary leader. She was symbol of women empowerment in the country and framed policies and programmes aimed at the upliftment of poor and down trodden and launched various schemes including twenty point programme in this regard, he said.
Sham Lal Sharma exhorted the gathering to get inspiration from her personality and contributions in dealing with the difficult situations from time to time. Strengthening the party at the grass root level was the main agenda of Indira Gandhi, he said and added that common man’s empowerment was her mission also which could be followed by implementation of 73rd and 74th amendments in the State Acts to empower local self institutions in the State.
MLC Ravinder Sharma said that all the countrymen should follow her teachings and move forward for development of the country, eradication of poverty. He recalled her leadership qualities and her contributions in strengthening the secular fabric in the country. He also stressed the need to strengthen the party at the grass root level in the state and asked the party workers to gear up for ensuing BDC and local bodies’ elections in the state. He said that younger generation should learn more and more about the qualities and contribution of Indira Gandhi.
Om Chopra freedom fighter and president DCC Jammu (U) recalled his long association with the Congress party and Nehru-Gandhi family and shared his experience about the personality of Indira Gandhi.
Tributes were also paid by Hari Singh Chib, Lalita Sharma, Jaswant Singh, BB Gupta, A.G. Kohli, Dr. Rasdhid Choudhary, Krishan Lal Gupta, V.K.Sethi, Padmani Langeh, Chowdhary Sukh Dev, Narinder Gupta, Ravi Singh Salathia, Sanjay Sawhney, Ashwani Puri, Manjeet Singh Jatt, Kirtan Singh, Madan Lal Malagar, Opinder Karihuloo, Keshavanand, J.K. Kaul, Talentar Singh, Shashi Sharma, Jagan Nath Sharma, Amrit Bali, Vijay Sharma, Mian Nazir Ahmed Raj Kumar Bajaj, Vijay Choudhary, Pawan Dev Singh, P S Chouhan, Parveen Singh, J K Chopra, Suresh Bargotra, Balbir Kumar, Kulbushan Sharma, Vijay Malhotra, Pupli Chanchal, Darshan Singh, B L Choudhary, Bhagat Ram Chand, Dwarika, Ashok Malhotra, Ramol Singh, Anil Sharma and Gopal Sharma.
Earlier, senior Congress leader S R Sudhir while paying floral tributes to Indira Gandhi initiated a debate on the recent political developments in the state. He said that entire party was united to face the challenge being posed by the communal and anti national forces.
J&K Pradesh Congress Seva Dal Jammu(Urban) chief Vipan Nischal also organised a function at Gandhi Nagar Jammu to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister.
Niscahl said that people of J&K were missing dynamic rule of Ghulam Nabi Azad, presently Union Health Minister.
A simple function was organised by former PHE minister Dr Ramesh Sharma in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri which was also attended by many prominent Congress activists. Dr Ramesh garlanded the statue of late Prime Minister and also paid rich tributes.
Meanwhile another function was organised in Rajouri by District Congress Committee under the leadership of senior Congress leader Sushil Sharma, Pushpinder Gupta.
Pradesh Congress Seva Dal under chairmanship of B S Sambyal also remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 28th death anniversary at Roopnagar, Jammu.
Sambyal also remembered Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel known as `Iron man of India’. He said his role and contributions for the nation by uniting more than 500 princely States into united India could never be forgotten.
Sambyal said Indira Gandhi had a special affection for state of Jammu and Kashmir and people living here as a result of which she frequently visited the state and tried to take initiatives for welfare of state which could improve the social and economic status of the people living here.
Others present on the occasion included S S Jamwal, Pankaj Chhibber, Vinay Gupta, J K Kaul, Anil Sharma, Dr M L Rao, Harinder Singh, Rehmatullah, Rajesh Sadotra, Anwar Choudhary, Varinder Sharma and Rajni Sharma.