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PM Modi pays tribute to Rajendra Prasad on his 135th birth anniversary

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), December 3:-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to India’s first president Rajendra Prasad on his 135th birth anniversary, recalling his contribution in framing of the Constitution.

Prasad was born on this day in 1884 in Ziradei, Bengal Presidency (present-day Bihar).

“He (Rajendra Prasad) played a very active role in the freedom movement, and also made a special contribution in the framing of the Constitution,” Modi tweeted in Hindi.

He said Prasad’s humility and erudition will always inspire the countrymen.

A supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, Prasad was imprisoned by British authorities during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931 and the Quit India movement of 1942. After the 1946 elections, Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government.

Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and served as its provisional parliament.

When India became a republic in 1950, Prasad was elected its first president by the Constituent Assembly. Following the general election of 1951, he was elected president by the electoral college of the first Parliament of India and its state legislatures.

As president, Prasad established a tradition of non-partisanship and independence for the office-bearer, and retired from Congress party politics. Although a ceremonial head of state, Prasad encouraged the development of education in India and advised the Nehru government on several occasions. In 1957, Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only president to serve two full terms.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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