President pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in
Mumbai, Dec 28 (UNI):
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today paid tributes to 'Father of the Nation'
on the occasion of 118th Foundation Day of the party.
Ms Gandhi, who was on a two-day
trip to the city, visited Mani Bhavan at the Laburnam Road near Grant Road
here and also the Gowalia Tank - from where Mahatma Gandhi gave the call of
'Quit India' in 1942.
Ms Gandhi, who was accompanied by
Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, visited the Mani Bhavan and saw the
exhibits related to the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi.
''It is a moving and inspirational
experience to visit Mani Bhavan. We take strength from the Mahatma his
contribution to the freedom and his strength,'' she wrote in the visitors'
She also visited the Gowalia Tank,
now rechristened August Kranti Maidan at Grant Road, and paid tributes to the
martyrs of the freedom struggle.
Ms Gandhi and Mr. Shinde were
accompanied by All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of
Maharashtra Vayalar Ravi, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President
Ranjit Deshmukh, Mumbai Congress Chief Gurudas Kamat, former Lok Sabha Speaker
Shivraj Patil and Rajya Sabha member Murli Deora.
Members of the trust also
presented Ms Gandhi a set of books on Mahatma Gandhi's contribution and his
vision for rural development and other subjects. The Italian translations of
two volumes of 'Krishna Avatar' were also presented to her.
At the Gowalia Tank, she also
inspected a parade of the Seva Dal.