Birdflu scare causes cancellation of Indira Gandhi death anniversary
Congress has decided to change the venue of this year’s Indira Gandhi death commemoration functions due to the bird flu crisis gripping the capital city. Delhi government had closed Shakti Sthal, the memorial site of former Prime Minister to the general public in view of two bird deaths on last Tuesday.
“Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom day programme on October 31 will not be held at Shakti Sthal this year as it has been closed due to bird flu,” said the statement released by Congress.
Congress used to observe Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary programmes on October 31st, generally known as Martyr’s day.
Top leaders of Congress including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi won’t be able to pay their homages to former Prime Minister on her death anniversary due to the restrictions.
Instead, the national party has decided to organise a special march to commemorate the anniversary. Top leaders of the party including members of Congress Working Committee and All India Congress Committee General Secretaries are expected to be attending the march.
The march will start from party headquarters at at 24, Akbar Road to Indira Gandhi memorial museum at 1, Safdarjung Road where she was assassinated. The march will start at 7.30 am in the morning followed by a small function in Safdarjung museum
Shakti Sthal, a venue for various Congress functions in the past is the memorial site of Indira Gandhi.
The suspected death of two birds at the memorial site on last Tuesday made Delhi government close the venue . Officials suspect these are the cases of avian influenza.
The death of two more birds at Paschim Vihar District Park and another at the lake near Shakti Sthal took on Friday the death toll to 75.
Delhi government had shut down Delhi zoo and Deer park in Hauz Khas since after so many birds were found dead. The government has asked people to take preventive measures before consuming raw meat or half boiled eggs.