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Posted on Oct 03, 01:19PM | UNI
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today led the people of Goa in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi by offering floral tributes at the statue of father of the nation on the occasion of his 143nd birth anniversary celebrations.
MP from North Goa Shripad Naik, former minister and MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, MLA and chairman of Kala Academy Vishnu Wagh, chief secrtary B Vijayan also paid floral tributes to the father of the nation at Gandhi Chauk in Old Goa.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Parrikar said Gandhi's 'mantra' was work is worship and throughout his life he faithfully followed it.
'We need to inculcate this mantra in our lives,' he said.
The Chief Minister further said Gandhi gave a message of peace and non-violence and therefore people need to emulate the ideals of Gandhi.
To mark the celebration, a group from Kala Academy sang bhajans, which was followed by recitation of verses from religious scriptures such as Bhagwad Geeta, Bible and Quran. An all-religion prayer was also held on the occasion.
Later, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries visited Panchayat Hall of Old Goa Panchayat and offered tributes to former prime minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
Among others present were Director General of Police Kishan Kumar, IGP Sanjay Singh, SP Vijay Singh and Collector (North) R Mihir Vardhan, among others.