Congress marks ‘Quit India’ movement’s 70th anniversary

August 10th, 2012 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Govinda Mumbai, Aug 9 (IANS) Thousands of Congressmen, including freedom fighters, remembered the sacrifices of the country’s founding fathers on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of ‘Quit India’ movement here Thursday, an party leader said.

The Congress activists gathered Thursday morning at Chowpatty and then went in a procession to the historic August Kranti Maidan at Gowalia Tank.

The processionists were accompanied by chariots bearing huge posters on moments of India’s freedom struggle and the events leading to the country’s Independence on Aug 15, 1947.

Mahatma Gandhi had given a clarion call to the British rulers to “Quit India” during the Bombay session of the Indian National Congress in 1942.

Though the agitation was forcibly crushed, within the next five years, it marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, with India gaining Independence.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was present at the 70th anniversary celebrations, honoured several senior freedom fighters who dedicated their lives to the country.

Later, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre launched the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Suraksha Kavach’ on the eve of ‘Dahi-Handi’ which will be celebrated Friday on the Janmashtami.

Under the scheme, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee will provide a free insurance coverage of between Rs.15,000-Rs.150,000 to 15,025 Govindas from 293 Dahi-Handi associations all over Mumbai.

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