New Delhi, March 23: The Delhi government will install statues of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru inside the premises of state Assembly and take steps to include the contribution made by the three martyrs in school curriculum.
Speaking at an event in the Assembly premises on their martyrdom day, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia suggested that MLAs should contribute from their salaries towards the installation of the statues.
"I have proposed all MLAs to contribute from their salaries in installing the statues so that it could infuse some sense of patriotism among all. It should not be installed using the money of common tax payers.
"I have also requested Speaker and secretariat officers to ascertain the cost of the statues and give it to us, so that we can take further action on contributing," Sisodia said. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Kejriwal said the "The Speaker has proposed to install the statues of the three icons inside Vidhan Sabha, that we all seconded." He said necessary steps would be taken to "inculcate" among students the ideologies of these freedom fighters.
"I have also requested education minister to frame syllabus of schools in such a way that the ideologies of these three great souls, especially of Bhagat Singh, could be inculcated among students from the beginning of their school days," he said. Earlier, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel mooted the proposal of installing the statues which was seconded by Kejriwal and Sisodia.
Other ministers and all the MLAs were also present on the occasion which saw them participating with full zeal and fervour as they sang and danced to the tune of patriotic songs.
"Apart from observing Shaheed Divas today, this day should also be observed as Desh Divas. People should take a resolution today to do something for the betterment of the country. Only offering floral tributes won't work," said Kejriwal.