Pranab Mukherjee to address Satyagrah centenary event in Patna
New Delhi/Patna, April 9: President Pranab Mukherjee will attend Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagrah's centenary celebrations later this month in Patna, where a host of events have been lined up to mark 100 years of the historic movement.
The Bihar government will kick off the year-long commemorative celebrations on Monday, as it was on April 10, 1917 that Gandhi set foot in the state for the first time. A two-day seminar on the life of Gandhi and other social issues would be the first in the series of events that kick off on Monday.
"100 glorious years of Gandhi's iconic Satyagrah movement is being marked through a number of events in various parts of Bihar and the President is slated to attend a function in Patna on April 17," an official said.
Incidentally, Mukherjee had inaugurated the year-long centenary celebrations of the Patna High Court on April 18, 2015.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is set to inaugurate the opening ceremony of the celebrations, which will later spread to West Champaran and East Champaran erstwhile unified Champaran district and Muzaffarpur, among other places.
"The President will only be attending the function in Patna for a day. He may visit the Patna Sahib gurudwara," the source said.