IMPHAL, Oct 31: The National Rededication Day or Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas was observed today at Manipur Secretariat with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi as the chief guest.
Speaking at the observation, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi stated that the day is being observed every year to pay homage to the first woman Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi who had worked dedicatedly to safeguard national integration of the country. She strived to uphold the integrity of the country till her last breath on October 31, 1984.
He further maintained that Indira Gandhi became the third Prime Minister of India on January 24, 1966 after she was elected to Congress Member of Parliament with 69 percent vote. She was a great statesman whom no one can challenge her in terms of administration.
Indira Gandhi was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1971 and Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1984, Chief Minister noted.
Ibobi also stated that Indira Gandhi had maintained peace and harmony with other countries and also worked for the development of other third world countries. She was also the chairperson of Non-Aligned Movement and had made commendable contributions to the international community.
Chief Minister further appealed to people to rededicate themselves on this day and move forward to fulfill the unrealized dreams of Indira Gandhi.