Shastri united country through the motto 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan': Rajnath

NEW DELHI: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday that former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri joined India through his slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' during wartime.

He also paid floral tributes to the former prime minister in his statue on Shastri Street in Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

In a series of tweets, Singh said that Shastri led India in difficult times and infused new energy into the country through his strong will and determination.

Through his slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan', he united the nation in times of war and strengthened the feeling of self-esteem, honor and respect among the people of the country, he added.

Singh described Shastri as an epitome of simplicity and honesty that professed probity in public life.

He also visited the school built in memory of Shastri and interacted with the children studying there.

The former Indian Prime Minister breathed for the last time in Tashkent on January 11, 1966, a day after the signing of the Tashkent Agreement between India and Pakistan after the 1965 war.

Singh is on an official visit to Uzbekistan to attend a key meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and participate in bilateral commitments with the Uzbekistan government.

He will represent India at the SCO Council of Government Council (CHG) meeting on Saturday.

It will also have bilateral commitments from November 2 to 3, including a meeting with its Uzbek counterpart, Major General Kurbanov Bakhodir Nizamovich.