At Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, PM Modi declares India open defecation free

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reached Ahmedabad to take part in a Swachh Bharat programme on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Written by October 2, 2019 19:36

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on wednesday visited Sabarmati Ashram to pay his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. Later, he addressed a gathering of village heads from different parts of the country.

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India to be an ‘open defecation free’ (ODF) country.

“I am satisfied that on the occasion of Gandhi at 150, we are witnessing the fulfilment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion, when India has successfully stopped open defecation, I’m here at the ashram,” read the Prime Minister’s message in the visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram here.

Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh had told ANI that an open defecation free India is a big achievement on the landmark occasion.

“No one was ready to believe earlier that India will become open defecation free in such a short period of time. Now, it has become a reality. This is a very big achievement, especially on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” he had said. (ANI)

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PM Modi’s message in visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram

“I am satisfied that on the occasion of #GandhitAt150, we are witnessing the fulfilment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion, when India has successfully stopped open defecation, I am here at the ashram,” wrote PM Modi

Earlier:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reached Ahmedabad to take part in a Swachh Bharat programme on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

He was received by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Nitinbhai Patel at the Ahmedabad airport.

“From Ahmedabad, a city closely associated with beloved Bapu, we will showcase our efforts towards creating a Swachh Bharat and derive strength to continue working on the tenets shown by Gandhi Ji. We will be lauding those involved in plastic waste cleaning Shramdan. #Gandhi150,” Modi had said in a tweet earlier.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to participate in a cultural Navratri event in the city.

“I will also join a cultural Navratri event in the city. The vibrant culture of Gujarat is on full display during Navratri! If you have not experienced this festival in Gujarat, you must do so!” he had added. (ANI)