Gandhi Jayanti 2017 LIVE updates: If 125 crore people come together, we can fulfill dream of Swachh Bharat, says PM Modi

Gandhi Jayanti 2017 LIVE updates: October 2 marks the birth anniversary of 'Father of the Nation' Mahatama Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2017 9:43 pm
Gandhi jayanti, gandhi jayanti 2017, mahatma gandhi, gandhi, october 2, swachh bharat, india news Gandhi Jayanti 2017: Prime Minister Narendra, President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. (Twitter/President of India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reached Rajghat to pay floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary. The prime minister, earlier, shared a video on Twitter with audio clippings from his past speeches in which he recalled Gandhi’s legacy. “I bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. His noble ideals motivate millions across the world,” PM Modi tweeted.

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also reached Rajghat to pay their respects to Gandhi. Singh also paid tributes at Lal Bahadur Shastri’s memorial at Vijay Ghat on October 2.

Gandhi Jayanti 2017 LIVE updates:

8:27 pm: “Following the ‘Khadi for Fashion’ call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry has planned to connect not less
than five crore village women to Charkha (spinning wheel),”  Union Minister Giriraj Singh said while addressing a function on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at Khadi Bhawan in Connaught Place, New Delhi.

8:20 pm: Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ESL Narasimhan and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao were among those who paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary at the ‘Bapu Ghat’ in Hyderabad.

3:00 pm: Union Health Minister JP Nadda took part in Swachata Abhiyan in Bilaspur on Monday on the ocassion of Gandhi Jayanti.

2:55 pm: People are rembering the father of the nation across the country today. Celebrations to mark the day are also being organised at Ahemdabad’s Sabarmati Ashram.

2:10 pm: Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi statue at Marina in Chennai on Gandhi Jayanti.

2:05 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated public toilets for transgenders community in Bhopal on Gandhi Jayanti.

2:00 pm: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Gandhi Jayanti paid their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Both attended a programme in Imphal where National Cleanlies Day was also observed. Speaking to public, Heptulla revoked Gandhi’s teachings of “non-violence as the most powerful weapon” against the British.

1:55 pm: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Gandhi Jayanti announced his government’s decision to minimise the use of environmentally hazardous plastic on various occasions including the state functions. Speaking to a gathering in Old Goa, Parrikar said, “Almost 15-days back I had appealed to the state authorities that during government functions flowers or bouquets should not be wrapped in a plastic. The suggestion was well taken. Now during government functions I get only a flower without plastic around it or a bouquet without plastic covering.”

1:50 pm: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayansamy and Lt Governor paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi on Gandhi Jayanti. Both of them paid floral tributes at the statue of Gandhi in the UT. Revenue ministers M O H F Shah Jahan, Rajya Sabha MP N Gokulkrishnan, Director General of Police S K Gautam were also present.

1:45 pm: Mahatma Gandhi’s 148th birth anniversary was commemorated in China with Gandhi’s favourite bhajans and quotes recited by a batch of Chinese school children dressed in green and white with red scarfs in Chaoyang Park in central Beijing. Read More

12:40 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Gandhi Jayanti remembered Mahatma Gandhi. In a tweet, he wrote, “Remembering Bapu on his birth anniversary. Let’s pledge to protect and defend the ideas he stood for till our last breath.”

12:18 pm: We are ready to built statues for great personalities, but then no one comes forward for keeping the area clean, PM Modi said.

12:17 pm: PM Modi expresses gratitude to media for their role in Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. “Media played a big role in cleanliness drive,” PM Modi said.

12:15 pm: PM Modi asked the nation to think about the condition of mothers who have to wait till the dawn to relieve themselves because of lack of toilets at home.

12:12 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked opposition parties to rise above politics on the issue of Swachh Bharat. “Criticise me on many things. But on Swachh Bharat mission, let’s rise above politics,” PM Modi said.

12:10 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Clean India Mission is about systems and mindset. Speaking at the event at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, Modi said, “The Swachh Bharat Mission is about both ‘Vyavastha’ (systems) and ‘Vichar’ (thought process and mindset).”

12:05 pm: PM Modi said ‘Swachhagrahis’ will improve the country just like how Satyagrahis brought independence. “It was due to ‘Satyagrahis’ we got ‘Swaraj’ but now ‘Swachhagrahis’ will make the country ‘Shreshtha’,” PM Modi said.

12:02 pm: PM Modi said that a spirit of compeitition has been created due to Swacchh Bharat Mission. “A positive spirit of competition has been created due to Swachh Bharat Mission. We see this in the cleanliness rankings, how organisations are working on cleanliness,” he said.

12:00 pm: Speaking at the event, PM Modi said that Swachh Bharat mission has become an integral parts of the live of people across the country. “India has accepted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The movement has become a people’s movement due to the ‘Siddhi’ of Swachhagrahis,” he added.

11:55 am: When we initiated Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, we faced criticism. But three years later, now we are well aware of its progress: PM Narendra Modi

11:53 am: Prime Minister addressed nation from Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. Addressing the event to mark the 3rd anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Modi said, “India faces challenges but that does not mean we run away from them. We will face them and work to overcome them.” He added that Swachh Bharat will not come true even if 1000 Mahatma Gandhis, 1 Lakh Modi and all Chief Ministers and governments come together but will be fulfilled only when 125 crore people come together, we can fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s wishes of Swachh Bharat.

11:45 am: Social activist Anna Hazare paid his respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

11:40 am: Lal Bahadur Shastri was made the prime minister of India after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was the second prime minister to lead the nation after the independence. He was knonw for his soft spoken and simplistic lifestyle. Read More

11:05 am: Union Minister Ananth Kumar and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar launched “Swachh Bengaluru – a Cleanathon”.

10:45 am: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said that the path laid down by Mahatma Gandhi is more relevant these days than it was in the past. Speaking to reporters in Porbandar, Shah said “The message given by Mahatma Gandhi maybe seems more relevant today than it was in Gandhi-era.”

10:30 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Governor Ram Naik spun charkha at Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Lucknow on Gandhi Jayanti.

10:20 am: Social activist Anna Hazare reached Delhi on Monday to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi. Speaking to reporters, Hazare said, “I have just come to pay my respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.”

10:10 am: Vice- President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled Mahatma Gandhi statue in the parking area of Rajghat in New Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti.

10:05 am: Union Minister Ananthkumar celebrated Gandhi Jayanti in Vijaya College in Bengauru. In a tweet, he wrote, “Our focus on #SwachhataHiSeva continues on #GandhiJayanti today in #Bengaluru following @narendramodi ji’s vision of a clean India.” Minister of State Pon Radhakrishnan inaugurated a medical camp at Tirunelveli on October 2. In a tweet, he wrote, “Inaugurated Medical camp , focus on #SwachhataHiSeva #GandhiJayanti at Tirunelveli.”

10:00 am West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to pay her respects to Mahatma Gandhi. In a tweet, she wrote, “Homage to the Father of the Nation on his birth anniversary.” Banerjee also remembered Shastri for his work on farmers’ welfare. “Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji on his birth anniversary today. Let us never forget the welfare of our farmers.”

9:45 am: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Dharmendra Pradhan asked nation to pledge to clean India mission on Gandhi Jayanti. Prasad, in a tweet wrote, “My tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on #GandhiJayanti. Our contributions towards #SwachhBharat shall be our real tribute to #Bapu.” Pradhan, in a tweet, wrote: “Let us pledge #SwachhataHiSeva on #GandhiJayanti as a tribute to ‘Father of the Nation’ to fulfill the dream of a #NewIndia by 2022.”

9:40 am President of India recalled Gandhi’s ideals as nation celebrates Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. In a tweet, Kovind wrote, “Homage to Bapu on #GandhiJayanti. His ideals of truth, non-violence and compassion continue to be our moral touchstone.”

Gandhi jayanti, gandhi jayanti 2017, mahatma gandhi, gandhi, october 2, swachh bharat, india news President of India Ram Nath Kovind at Rajghat on October 2 to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. (Twitter/President of India)

9:35 am: Why was Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire, England in 1931? Read here

9:30 am: As we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti October 2, 2017, read about the education life of Mahatma Gandhi here.

9:20 am: Union Minister Smriti Irani paid her tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. She recalled the ‘father of the nation’ on his birth anniversary for his ideals of “truth, non-violence and peace”.

9:15 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with state governor Ram Naik paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 in Lucknow.

9:10 am: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter to urge nation to fight against “evils” of the society on Gandhi Jayanti. In a series of tweets, Naidu wrote, “As nation celebrates 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, I call upon every citizen to take a pledge to fight against various evils.” He added: “Fight against poverty, corruption, illiteracy, casteism, communalism, gender discrimination, atrocities against weaker sections.” He further asked the nation to strive towards equality. “Let us all strive to realise the dreams of Gandhiji and usher in ‘Ram Rajya’ where all are equal and there is no discrimination of any kind,” Naidu wrote on Twitter.. “The biggest tribute we can pay to the Father of the Nation is to follow his ideals in letter and spirit,” he added.

9:00 am: Life philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi are subject of many debates. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” Gandhi once said. Read 10 lessons from Bapu on his birth anniversary here.

8.45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu also paid tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.

8:25 am: President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 which marks his birth anniversary at Rajghat in Delhi on Monday.

8:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Raj ghat to pay floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu also paid his tributes to Gandhi in Delhi.

7:45am: Former Prime Minister Manmohan reached Raj Ghat on Monday along with veteran BJP leader L K Advani to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. He also paid tributes to Shastri at his memorial at Vijay Ghat.

7:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Modi said, “Remebering Lal Bahadur Shastri ji on his Jayanti.” He shared a video featuring snippets from his past speeches in which he had recalled Shastri’s slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan’.

7:30 am:  “I bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. His noble ideals motivate millions across the world,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter along with the video clip featuring clippings of his past speeches, in which he had recalled Gandhi’s ideals.

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