Best tribute to Gandhi is to pledge to defeat majoritarian forces trying to kill his ideas, says Yechury

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu at Rajghat on Thursday. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were among a host of political leaders who paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary at Raj Ghat on Thursday. PM Modi said the Father of the Nation would continue to inspire people to build a strong, capable and prosperous country.

"A tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary. The ideals of Bapu will continue to inspire us to build a strong, capable and prosperous New India," Modi tweeted. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30 in 1948.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary is to take a pledge to defeat the "majoritarian forces" in India that are trying to "kill his ideas".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who held a 'Save the Constitution' rally at his constituency in Wayanad, tweeted a quote of Mahatma Gandhi. "I cannot teach you violence, as I do not believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before anyone, even at the cost of your life."