New Delhi, Oct 2: On Thursday, Oct 2 nation remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 139th birth anniversary with President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leading the nation in paying rich tributes to the messiah of non-violence.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Opposition leader LK Advani, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Defence Minister AK Antony, Panchayatira Minister Manishankar Aiyar and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also paid floral tributes at the samadhi at Raj Ghat as the country fondly remembers the Mahatma. The birth anniversary of 'Bapu' was marked by an inter-religious prayer meeting at Raj Ghat, where leaders, children, youth and women paid floral tributes. The roads leading to the samadhi were decorated with flowers. Heavy security arrangements were made for the occasion.
Clad in white dresses and hats, people from all walks of life thronged Raj Ghat to pay respects to the apostle of non-violence. Many people had taken their 'charkha' and 'takli' and participated in the non-stop 24-hour collective spinning organised on the occasion.