Lala Lajpat Rai’s birth anniversary: From Modi to Naidu, politicians pay tribute to ‘Punjab Kesari’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary. He spoke about the stalwart’s “indelible” contribution to the freedom struggle of India.

“Remembering the great Lala Lajpat Rai Ji on his Jayanti. His contribution to India’s freedom struggle is indelible and inspires people across generations,” he tweeted.

Born on 28 January, 1865, Lala Lajpat Rai was a noted freedom fighter from Punjab and later came to be known as Punjab Kesari.

One-third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate, his ideology also earned him the title 'Lion of Punjab'.

Apart from the prime minister, several other politicians remembered Rai on his birth anniversary.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu paid his tributes to the legendary freedom fighter, who, "through his remarkable oratory and stimulating writings inspired many Indians to join the freedom struggle."

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that the freedom fighter's "unrestrained struggle" still inspires patriotism and inspiration among countrymen.

"Homage to 'Punjab Kesari' Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary. His deep love for the motherland, and the great spirit of patriotism, is an inspiration for generations to come," tweeted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik also remembered the freedom fighter, with the latter writing, "He was a nationalist and a great exponent of Swadeshi movement. His deep love for the country and sacrifice continue to inspire."

Here's how others paid tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary:

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