Homage paid to Mahatma Gandhi on death anniversary

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Puducherry, Jan 30 (PTI): Homage was paid to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi here on his 73rd death anniversary on Saturday by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and territorial Assembly Speaker V P Sivakolundhu.

Chief Secretary Ashwini Kumar, Director General of Police Ravinder Singh Krishna and a host of officials were also present.

Staff and students of the Puducherry government-run Bharathiar Palkalaikoodam, a multi-disciplinary cultural institution, rendered devotional songs.

Silence was observed for a couple of minutes by those present.

Earlier, Narayanasamy and PCC president A V Subramanian paid floral tributes to a portrait of the Mahatma at the Congress party office.

Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1948 by Nathuram Godse. His death anniversary is observed as Martyrs' Day.