Prime Minister Narendra Modi while paying tribute to Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and Nanaji Deshmukh asked the countrymen to rededicate themselves towards fulfilling their vision for the nation.
India is proud that legends like Loknayak JP and Nanaji Deshmukh were born in this land. Today is a day to rededicate ourselves towards fulfilling their vision for our nation.”
The Prime Minister tweeted, “I bow to Loknayak JP on his Jayanti. He valiantly fought for India’s freedom and when our democratic ethos was under attack, he led a strong mass movement to protect it. For him, there was nothing above national interest and people’s welfare.
“The great Nanaji Deshmukh was one of Loknayak JP’s most devout followers. He worked tirelessly to popularise JP’s thoughts and ideals. His own work towards rural development motivates us. Remembering Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh on his Jayanti,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
On 25th June 1975 when the emergency was imposed in the country by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Jai Prakash led a mass movement against the government. One of the prominent leaders that arose from the anti emergency drive was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who played a crucial role in opposing the government as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh functionary.
Nanaji Deshmukh was an ardent follower of Jai Prakash’s and social activist who made an immense contribution to the country
He worked tirelessly to popularise JP’s thoughts and ideals. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 2019 (Posthumously) which is the highest civilian award of India.