As the nation celebrated its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, 26 January, wishes from scores of political leaders from India and the world poured in.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, too, took to Twitter to wish the nation: "In 1950, the nation took the first step of faith in the right direction. I salute that step in the direction of truth and equality. Happy Republic Day! Jai Hind!"
However, Gandhi shared the message with an image of the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, which is being seen as a veiled jibe at the Centre that recently faced criticism for 'merging' the 'eternal' flame with the torch at the National War Memorial.
The flame, which has been burning for 50 years, was extinguished and merged on 21 January.
Later in the day, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor urged "well-wishers of inclusive India" to symbolise the Amar Jawan Jyoti by lighting a lamp on Wednesday night at 7 pm, as well as on 29 January, the day of the Beating Retreat ceremony.
He also urged people to play Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn, 'Abide With Me', at 7 pm on Saturday.
'Some People Do Not Understand Love & Sacrifice for Nation'
Last week, Rahul Gandhi had taken to Twitter to criticise the merger of the flame.
"It is sad hat the Amar Jyoti flame that was lit 50 years ago to mark the valour of our jawans is being extinguished. Some people do not understand their love and sacrifice for the nation, but we will light the Amar Jawan flame once again," Gandhi had tweeted.
The 73rd Republic Day celebrations were held at Rajpath with COVID-19 protocols in place.
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