President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 70th death anniversary at Gandhi Smriti here. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa were also present. Earlier, Congress President Rahul Gandhi went to the Gandhi Smriti to pay homage. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. This day is also observed as “Martyrs Day” in the nation. “On Martyrs’ Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence,” President Kovind tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi and cabinet ministers Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and Mahesh Sharma also took to the social networking site to pay tributes. “We bow to all those martyrs who have sacrificed themselves in service of our nation. We will always remember their courage as well as dedication towards the nation,” the Prime Minister tweeted.