Haridwar, September 10
Floral tributes were paid to former Home Minister of India and veteran freedom fighter Pt Govind Ballabh Pant on his 125th birth anniversary here today. Pt Pant is the lone recipient of Bharat Ratna Award from the state.
A special function was held at Ranipur by the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Progressive) city unit where party activists and local people paid floral tributes to the portrait of Pt Pant.
Addressing the activists, central secretary of the labour cell of the party Uday Ram Semwal said Pant was born on August 30, 1887, at Khooth village in Almora district and he became Chief Minister of united province on September 10, 1946. Thereon, he started celebrating his birthday on this day.
“Pt Pant was close to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose and Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel. He went to prison several times owing to his active participation in the Indian freedom struggle. He had active participation in the Salt agitation, Quit India Movement and Satyagraha Movement,” said Semwal.
Shedding light on his tenure as the independent India’s first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and later as Union Home Minister in the Jawaharlal Nehru government (1957-61), youth wing city chief Lalit Mamgain said Pt Pant was a true statesman and son of Himalayas.
Women wing cell city chief Sarita Purohit urged youths and politicians to follow his ideals and clean political career. She demanded Pant’s statue be installed in Gairsain.

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