Bengaluru, Jan 11 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was the embodiment of all that is best in Indian culture.
Shastri was also a great visionary who understood the language of the people and led India to progress, and was deeply influenced by the political teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he said in a press release on Tuesday.
Recalling Shastri’s contribution, he said the late Prime Minister worked tirelessly for the betterment of the nation and spent his life until the last minute for the cause of the nation. “As Prime Minister, he gave the nation the stirring slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ and he awakened the power of the people.” he stated.
Shastri emphasized strengthening the country’s defense and honoring the man behind the plow, Bommai said.
He also said that Shastri resigned as Minister of Railways because he felt responsible for a train accident in which many lives were lost. “This unprecedented gesture was greatly appreciated by Parliament and the country,” he said.
Then-Prime Minister Pandit Nehru, speaking in Parliament on the incident, extolled Shastri’s integrity and high ideals.
“Shastri will be remembered as an excellent leader, and for his humility, courage and integrity, which were legendary. The nation will never forget this great son of India,” Bommai said.
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