Kolkata, Jan 11 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today paid tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his death anniversary.
“Tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri, former prime minister, on his death anniversary,” Ms Banerjee posted on social networking page. Born on October 2, 1904, Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress.
He joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. Deeply impressed and influenced by Mahatma Gandhi (with whom he shared his birthday), he became a loyal follower, first of Gandhi, and then of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Following independence in 1947, he joined the latter's government and became one of Prime Minister Nehru's principal, first as Railways Minister (1951–56), and then in a variety of other functions, including Home Minister.
He led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. His slogan of "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" ("Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer") became very popular during the war and is remembered even today.
The war formally ended with the Tashkent Agreement of January 10 1966; he died the following day. (UNI)