The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi,on 6 July visited Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and took part in various programs.
The Prime Minister unveiled the statue of former Prime Minister Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi. He then launched the tree-plantation drive at Anand Kanan Vatika in Varanasi.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister visited the virtual museum at Man Mahal. The museum situated near Dashashwamedh Ghat,is a cultural landmark in the city of Varanasi, showcasing the various aspects of our cultural heritage.
Lal Bahadur Shastri:
The prominent leader was born on 2nd October, 1904 at Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
In 1920s he joined the freedom movement and served as a prominent leader of the Indian National Congress.
In 1930, he participated in the Salt March and went to jail for two years. As s Home Minister he introduced the first committee on Prevention of Corruption. He raised his voice against dowry system and caste system.
The second Prime Minister of Independent India was Lal Bahadur Shastri. The slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” which means “Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer” was introduced by him.
Lal Bahadur Shastri died on 11 January, 1966 due to heart attack. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the India’s highest civilian award, posthumously in 1966.