Parliamentarians led by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumita Mahajan and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani on Monday paid floral Tributes at the portrait of eminent freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak on the occasion of his 162nd birth anniversary .The function was held at the iconic central Hall of Parliament House . Union Minister for Home Affairs Raj Nath Singh, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar; Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar; Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Dr. M. Thambi Durai; Dr Subramanium Swamy and several sitting and former Members of Parliament attended the auspicious occasion besides Secretary-General of Lok Sabha Snehlata Shrivastava and senior officers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats. A booklet containing the profile of Lokmanaya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries who were present at the function. The portrait of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament House on 28 July 1956 by the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in recognition of his outstanding services to the nation. Balgangadhar Tilak, born on July 23, 1856, in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, alongside Lala lajpat Rai of Punjab and Bipin Chandra Paul of Bengal had dominated the freedom movement before arrival of Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi from South Africa. He was a lawyer turned freedom fighter and passed away in Mumbai on August 1, 1920. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also paid warm Tributes to the independence activists Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandrasekhar Azad who had inspired millions of people to fight for freedom. “I bow to Lokmanya Tilak on his Jayanti. He ignited the spark of patriotism among countless Indians. He successfully mobilised people from all sections of society and deepened the connect between our citizens and India’s glorious past. Lokmanya Tilak also emphasised on education,” PM Modi tweeted.”On his birth anniversary, my tributes to the great Chandra Shekhar Azad. A brave son of Bharat Mata, he sacrificed himself so that his fellow citizens get freedom from colonialism,” PM Modi said. Allahabad born Chandrasekhar Tiwari, popularly known as by his self-taken name Azad, was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under its new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican. He was martyred while fighting on February 27, 1931, aged 25 in Allahabad.
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