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Sonia Gandhi unveils memorial

The memorial has come up on a road leading to Gachibowli Stadium, the venue of the Congress plenary that began Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 17:07 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday unveiled a memorial in memory of freedom fighters and Congress leaders.

The memorial, resembling a hand built of a mix of metals, has come up at Nanal Nagar, where the Congress held its plenary in 1953 under the presidentship of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

The 30-feet memorial has portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose and former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Nehru.

The bottom depicts eight phases of pre-independence era, the first War of Indian independence, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Nehru's 'Tryst with Destiny' speech and the advances made by India in agriculture and science and technology.

The memorial has come up on a road leading to Gachibowli Stadium, the venue of the Congress plenary that began on Saturday.

Sonia Gandhi was accompanied Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy when she inaugurated the memorial.

Earlier, Gandhi and Manmohan Singh arrived at the airport by a special aircraft. Andhra Pradesh Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde and the chief minister received them.

Sonia Gandhi also inaugurated a photo exhibition.

The exhibition features nearly 3,000 rare photographs depicting the history of the Congress party, freedom struggle and post-independence era.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 17:07 IST