PM, vice president attend prayer meet at Gandhi SmritiBy IANS
Sunday, January 30, 2011
NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, and scores of other VVIps Sunday attended the prayer meet and other programmes at Gandhi Smriti - the museum dedicated to the Father of the Nation on his 63rd death anniversary.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also attended the special programmes at the memorial service at the former Birla House that now houses the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyr’s Day. It was at the Birla House that Gandhi was gunned down Jan 30, 1948, as he stepped out for the evening prayer meeting.
The memorial service began with nearly 500 students from various schools, orphanages and NGOs singing popular ‘bhajans’ to pay homage to Bapu, as gandhi was called. The children were joined by 50 differently-abled girls.
An inter-faith prayer service of all major religions of the country was conducted, followed by a musical tribute by Sufi singers Wadali brothers.
The prime minister’s wife Gursharan Kaur and Delhi’s Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna were also present at the occasion.