Several political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, paid their tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.”
Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 20, 2019
Besides, key Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others visited Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial at ‘Veer Bhoomi’ and paid tribute to the deceased leader.
Former President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice President Hamid Ansari & senior Congress leaders pay homage to Former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary. #SadbhavanaDiwas #Rajiv75 pic.twitter.com/Kso2keGDBz
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 20, 2019
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Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary is being commemorated by Congress with a number of events planned for the whole week.
Earlier on Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had stated that the whole week will be dedicated to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by drawing the country’s attention towards his incredible achievements.
Party office-bearers have also instructed all party units to commemorate the day with prayer meetings and floral tributes along with social programmes such as blood donation camps, plantation of saplings, seminars, and conferences.
Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country at age 40. He took over as the sixth Prime Minister after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984.
In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. His death anniversary is also observed as Anti-Terrorism day.
(With ANI inputs)