New Delhi, Aug 9: Lok Sabha on Thursday paid tributes to martyrs and all those who associated themselves with the Quit India Movement in 1942.
As soon as the House assembled to begin day's proceedings, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out a brief message recalling the contributions of freedom fighters. Speaker said August 9 always has a "special significance" in India's history as it was on this day at the call of Mahatma Gandhi thousands have plunged into the cause of country's liberation.
"The launch of Quit India Movement was the most important event in country's freedom struggle," he said. "While we attained Swarajya, this is the time to lay emphasis on unity," the Speaker said.
The members observed silence for a brief period as a mark of tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs and men and women of freedom struggle. The Quit India Movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 after the Cripps Mission had failed.
Urging for an end to British Rule in India, Mahatma Gandhi made a call to Do or Die and launched a mass protest demanding what he called "An Orderly British Withdrawal" from India.