Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart countrywide celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister, who launched the Swachh Bharat campaign in 2014 will declare the country open defecation free at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat in the evening.
The BJP and the opposition Congress, which are making efforts to claim Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy have planned various events across the country on Gandhi Jayanti.
Modi began his day with a visit to Rajghat, the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi and paid floral tribute to the nation’s father. In a tweet, Modi said, “Tributes to beloved Bapu! On #Gandhi 150, we express gratitude to Mahatma Gandhi for his everlasting contribution to humanity. We pledge to continue working hard to realize his dreams and create a better planet.”
Modi will also visit Vijayghat, the resting place of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who also shares his birthday with Gandhi.
The PM will next go to Parliament where he will pay floral tributes to both the leaders and will fly to Ahmedabad in the evening and will visit Sabarmati Ashram to declare the country as open defecation-free in the presence of over 20,000 village heads.