PM has called a meeting of CMs of BJP ruled states Wednesday; leaders across party lines have been invited to share their views as well.
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has invited suggestions from leaders across party lines, including from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, on how to make Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations a grand success.
Modi has called a high-level meeting Wednesday, to be attended by CMs of the BJP-ruled states among others, in this connection, ThePrint has learnt.
Sources said the PM has constituted a committee that is mandated to lay down guidelines for yearlong celebrations of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, which falls next year.
“The CMs of BJP-ruled states will come to the meeting. The PM want the celebrations to be held on a pan-India scale,” a highly placed source told ThePrint.
“Leaders across party lines, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, have also been invited to the meeting,” the source added.
The communication sent to the various political leaders states that events will start from this year and continue until 2019. The celebrations will also be aimed at spreading Gandhi’s message to the world, it says.
“Your guidance based on your lifelong commitment to the values espoused by Gandhi, will help us to make the year of commemoration truly meaningful in every sense,” the communication said.
The idea is to exchange ideas and the best ways to reach out to people with Mahatma’s message, the source said.
“The PM has written that he will be grateful for the presence of leaders invited who can share any initial thought that they might have on the subject,” said the source.
“Government of India and he (PM) personally have extended welcome to those invited to this meeting to spread ideas, philosophy and teachings of Gandhi across the globe,” added the source.
In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on 25 March, Modi had asked citizens to share ideas on how to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on MyGov app.