Rajnath visits War Memorial before taking charge as Defence Minister

Announcing about his schedule Rajnath Singh on Friday had tweeted on a micro blogging site, that he would visit the war memorial before assuming office. "Shall visit the National War Memorial tomorrow morning and pay tributes to our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. Later I shall be formally taking charge as the RM of this country."

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 1 Jun 2019 5:08 AM GMT

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New Delhi: Former Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Saturday, visited the National War Memorial to pay his tribute to Indian martyrs, shortly before taking over as the Defence Minister in the second term of BJP,which registered a massive victory in 2019 LS polls.

Mr. Rajnath was accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh at the memorial.

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Paying his respect to the martyred soldiers, Mr. Singh tweeted via his tweeter account:

Announcing about his schedule Rajnath Singh on Friday had tweeted on a micro blogging site, that he would visit the war memorial before assuming office. "Shall visit the National War Memorial tomorrow morning and pay tributes to our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. Later I shall be formally taking charge as the RM of this country."

"Look forward to further strengthen national security and defence," he added.

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Spread over 40 acres at the India Gate complex in the heart of the national capital, the 'National War Memorial' was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24 this year.

The complex is a commemoration of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers since Independence with the names of 25,942 martyrs etched in stone forever.

The main structure has been built in the form of four chakras- the 'Amar Chakra' or Circle of Immortality, the 'Veerta Chakra' or Circle of Bravery, the 'Tyag Chakra' or Circle of Sacrifice, and the 'Rakshak Chakra' or Circle of Protection, with the eternal flame and obelisk located in the inner-most chakra.

The hieght of the obelisk is 15.5 metres and is visible even from a distance as one enters the complex.

The memorial was built at a cost of Rs 176 crore, and its design was selected through a global competition.

After forming government at the centre for second consecutive term BJP on Friday allocated various ministries to its elected ministers where Mr. Rajnath Singh took over the Defence Ministry from Nirmala Sitharaman who has been allotted the Finance ministry in Modi's new cabinet.

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(With Agency Inputs)

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