LUCKNOW: AICC chief Sonia Gandhi accompanied by son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra inaugurated a photo exhibition on Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as part of her birth centenary celebrations in the Sangam City of Allahabad on Monday.
The exhibition, called ‘I am courage’ showcased over 200 rare photographs on life and times of Indira Gandhi at Swarj Bhawan, late Prime Minister’s birth place.
“Indiraji was like a mother to me. I enjoyed a special rapport with her as we shared a home, joys, sorrows and many feeling while being together for over 16 years,” said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi while speaking on the occasion. Sharing her thoughts about her mother-in-law, Sonia said she was the one who helped me imbibe Indian culture, values and politics too.
Referring to her leadership qualities, Sonia said: “She possessed extra-ordinary courage, sensitivity and was a very charming person. I used to find her always concerned about the countrymen. She wanted to take them to newer heights.”
“She drew her courage and strength from the people of the country. She was committed to country’s unity and ultimately laid her life for it,” said Sonia adding,“she always worked to make India developed and strong.” She said the life of Indiraji still inspired many and her sacrifice for nation would always be remembered.
Speaking on the occasion, Congress leader and UP Chief Minister candidate Sheila Dixit said: "These pictures show Indiraji as an Iron Lady who was a visionary Prime Minister and a statesperson par excellence. Indiraji commanded respect across the globe for her leadership qualities.”
After Allahabad, this photo exhibition will be organised in various cities including Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. It will conclude in New Delhi on November 19, 2017 when the centenary celebrations would come to a close