The Himachal Congress on Thursday celebrated the 89th birthday of former chief minister Veerabhadra Singh by organizing statewide block level programs as “Vikas Diwas”.
Veerabhadra, who was the chief minister for a record six years, passed away in July last year.
A large number of party leaders, activists and masses paid floral tributes to their beloved leader, affectionately known as “Raja Saheb”. While Congress leaders visited hospitals and distributed fruits to patients, blood donation campaigns were held in many places.
The meeting was held at the Rajiv Bhawan, headquarters of the state Congress, under the chairmanship of Veerabhadra’s wife and state Congress president Pratibha Singh.
Overwhelmed by emotions, Pratibha Singh thanked the people for their love and affection.
Addressing the gathering, Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri recalled the memories of the late Veerabhadra Singh and said that this is the first time he is celebrating the day without him.
There were only two great leaders in Himachal – the first Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar and the other Veerabhadra, who will always be remembered in the history of the state.
He called on party workers to strengthen their leadership and follow the path shown by Veerabhadra Singh.
“Change is constant and the government in the state is changing,” he said, adding that if Congress wins power, it will install a statue of Veerabhadra Singh on the Ridge plain.
Speaking on the occasion, Congress President Harsh Mahajan said that Veerabhadra Singh was the leader who ruled the hearts of the people. Mahajan said today the BJP government of the state was inaugurating the works initiated by Veerabhadra Singh.
Veerabhadra’s son and Shimla (Rural) MLA Vikramaditya Singh thanked all the people present at the event.
He said that Veerabhadra treated the entire state as his home and everyone else as members of his family.
“Celebrating this day as Vikas Divas is a true tribute to Veerabhadra Singh,” he said.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to Veerabhadra Singh by posting on his Facebook page.