Releasing the stamp at the Balayogi Auditorium in Parliament House, Ms. Kumar described the late leader as a great personality who was not only a prominent figure of Delhi but was known across the country.
“He was a steadfast freedom fighter. I am happy that a stamp has been issued in his name. The stamp is a special tribute to Lala Ram Charan Agarwal on behalf of the entire country. He had to struggle a lot during the freedom movement but he maintained his resolve to fight for an independent India. He was among the 11 freedom fighters chosen by Mahatma Gandhi for Satyagraha, went to jail thrice and underwent great hardships but continued to fight against all odds,” she added.
After Independence, Mr. Agarwal became a member of the Delhi Municipal Committee in 1951 and the first Deputy Mayor of Delhi. “He was always concerned about the welfare of the people of this city and strove to improve the living condition of Dalits and those living in slums,” she added. Describing Lala Ram Charan Agarwal as a pillar of the Congress party, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said he was an energetic and compassionate leader who raised issues plaguing the common man. She thanked the Posts and Telegraphs Department for issuing a stamp in his name.
All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was a special guest of honour at the stamp release function, paid homage to the late freedom fighter.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Communications and Information and Technology Sachin Pilot said such stamps were issued only in the name of illustrious personalities like freedom fighters, educationists and other renowned persons and Lala Ram Charan Agarwal falls in that category.
Also present on the occasion were Congress treasurer Motilal Vora and party general secretary Janardhan Diwedi. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J. P. Agarwal, who is the son of Lala Ram Charan Agrawal, presided over the function.
Courtsey: THE HINDU