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PM Modi ‘recalls’ Nehru’s contribution to India on his birth anniversary

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.

He took to Twitter to extend his wishes and said, “On his birth anniversary, tributes to our former PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji. We also recall his contribution to our nation.”

Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14 every year as a mark of respect to the first Prime Minister of independent India.

Born in 1889, Nehru was a leading Congress leader and served as the country’s prime minister till 1964.

Newly-elected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary in-charge organisation K C Venugopal, among others, offered floral tributes at Nehru’s memorial Shanti Van in New Delhi.

Taking to Twitter, Kharge said, “Pandit Nehru — the maker of modern India. 21st India cannot be imagined without his tremendous contribution.”

“A champion of democracy, his progressive thoughts furthered India’s social, political and economic development, despite the challenges. My humble homage to a true patriot,” he added.

Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said he “performed pushparchana before the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru ji in the Central Hall of Parliament this morning”. While Speaker Om Birla, Kharge and other Congress leaders were present, he said, “No Central Minister or other BJP notable was present. Bipartisanship extinct!?”

“We pay our heartfelt tributes to the first PM of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. He was a humanist, and secularist who sought national development on all fronts including science and agriculture. His ideals & values will remain an inspiration,” Indian Youth Congress tweeted.

“Tributes to Independent India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his Jayanti,” Defence minister Rajnath Singh said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy also extended their tributes.

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