Rajnath SinghAn image shared on Twitter by Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday administered a cleanliness oath to people at an event organised in Delhi Cantonment on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

“I will neither pollute the environment nor let anyone do that. I will spread the message of Swachh Bharat Mission to every corner of every village and street. I will administer this oath to 100 people. The step taken by me towards cleanliness will keep my surroundings clean that would help to maintain India clean,” read the oath administered to people by Mr Singh.

Earlier in the morning, the Defence Minister paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. “We bow to him (Gandhi) for his tremendous contribution in shaping the destiny of this country. My heartfelt tributes to Bapu on his jayanti,” he tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to the Father of the Nation. Mr Naidu recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s vision for a self-reliant, inclusive and clean India while paying his tributes, saying that the Swachh Bharat Programme sough to realise one of Gandhiji’s “precious dreams”.

Many other dignitaries including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani also reached Rajghat this morning to pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi.

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