Due to a surge in bird fly instances in the national capital, the Delhi government had to close down the memorial of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi a Shakti Sthal. With October 31 being her death anniversary, the party has altered its plans for the day. The top rung instead of paying homage to the deceased leader, will now organise a march from the party headquarters to Indira Gandhi memorial museum.
On Monday, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi along with senior leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma could be seen leading a march from party headquarters at 24, Akbar Road to Indira Gandhi memorial museum at 1, Safdarjung Road.
The memorial for the first woman prime minister was shut last Tuesday following the death of two ducks there because of suspected avian influenza.
Significantly, Indira Gandhi was the first and to date the only female Prime Minister of India. She was assassinated after she ordered the storming of the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar to counter the Punjab insurgency. On October 31, 1984, two of her Sikh bodyguards shot her with their service weapons at the Prime Minister’s residence. Both the accused were sentenced to death and hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, while following her cremation, millions of Sikhs were displaced and nearly three thousand were killed in anti-Sikh riots.