Rajiv Gandhi Remembered on 23rd Death Anniversary

New Delhi
Rajiv Gandhi Remembered on 23rd Death Anniversary

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was today remembered on his 23rd death anniversary with several leaders paying homage at his memorial here.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the late leader's wife and Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered flowers at his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' here.

Sonia was accompanied by son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra, who arrived together to pay homage around 6.20 AM.

'Shanti Mantra' was recited on the occasion as youths holding the Tricolour circumambulated the memorial. A number of young children also offered floral tributes at the memorial.

Former Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and outgoing Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh Lovely and Congress CLP leader Haroon Yusuf were among those who also paid tributes to the leader.

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi also paid his tributes to Gandhi on Twitter.

"My homage to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary," he said in a tweet.

Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

Describing Rajiv Gandhi as a leader who contributed a lot in modernising India, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the former prime minister's revolutionary steps in the field of information technology can never be forgotten.

Paying glowing tributes to the late prime minister on his death anniversary at the Congress office in Dehradun, Rawat said Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country's unity and integrity which will continue to inspire future generations.

He also remembered Gandhi for empowering the Panchayati Raj institutions.

In Rajasthan, several Congress leaders paid homage to the former prime minister at the PCC Headquarters in Jaipur.

Jaipur Municipal Corporation Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal, former chairman of state Finance Commission B D Kalla, former PCC president Chandrabhan and former Assembly Speaker Dipendera Shekhawat offered rose petals to Gandhi's portrait.

At the function, Pandit Jagdish Prasad Sharma sung 'bhajan', Maulana Faiyaz read out 'Quran Ayat' and Manvendra Singh Bagga recited 'Gurbani'.

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