Paswan cleaned the area in front of his office in Delhi. He said that he will participate in the mission on October 2nd and expressed confidence to present Mahatma Gandhi a clean India by 2019.

Paswan also said that this initiative by ministers and the prime minister himself will encourage people to participate in the movement for a clean nation.

He also talked about Margaret Thatcher's reference wherein she said that 'Delhi was dirtiest she had witnessed' and said that such statements need to be proved false.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, Culture MinisterShripad Yesso Naik and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad themselves swept using a broom and launched the drive.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has initiated a Swachh Bharat Cleanliness Photo Contest, till October 15.The best pictures will also be given cash prizes worth Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 and certificates of appreciation.

The ministry has also initiated an animation and video contest on the theme of 'Swachh Bharat'.

The first prize in this competition is Rs 30,000."For the purpose of this contest, please make animation/short videos depicting the essence of Swachh Bharat," ministry advertising said.

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