Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary: CM Naveen, PM Modi Pay Tribute

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other leaders paid tribute to freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary today.

The Odisha CM took to Twitter and wrote: “Humble tributes to revolutionary freedom fighter, #LalaLajpatRai on birth anniversary. He was an ardent advocate of Swadeshi Movement and had strong association with Pandit Gopabandhu Das. His deep love for the country, and his sacrifice will continue to inspire all of us.”

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In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;

“पंजाब केसरी लाला लाजपत राय को उनकी जयंती पर सादर नमन। स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन में उनके साहस, संघर्ष और समर्पण की कहानी देशवासियों के लिए सदैव स्मरणीय रहेगी।”

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Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the three in the Lal Bal Pal trio: Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. He led a silent march against the Simon Commission in 1928. Born on January, 28, 1865, Lala Lajpat Rai was popularly known as ‘Punjab Kesari’.

Lala Lajpat Rai was a follower of Dayanand Saraswati and helped establish the nationalistic Dayanand Anglo-Vedic School. Lala Lajpat Rai was the founder of a bank, which is now known as the Punjab National Bank. He established a trust in his mother Gulabi Devi’s name and also oversaw the opening of a tuberculosis hospital for women.

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