Today, Congress National Chief Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has paid homage to ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, Veer Bhumi in Delhi. Besides Gandhi family, ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, among other senior party leaders were also there at Veer Bhumi.
On a Twitter post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi. His post reads, “Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.”
The Prime Minister has been criticized by Congress and other political parties for attacking Rajiv Gandhi, during his election campaign for 2019 National Elections, which concluded on May 19.
In 1991, Mr. Gandhi was assassinated by a woman operative of separatist Lankan Tamil group LTTE, who greets him at a rally in Sriperumbudur town of Tamil Nadu with a bomb fixed to her chest. Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary date is also considered as anti-terrorism day.
Mr. Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi tweets, “My father was gentle, loving, kind & affectionate. He taught me to love & respect all beings. To never hate. To forgive. I miss him. On his death anniversary, I remember my father with love & gratitude.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also remembered Rajiv Gandhi with a Twitter post.
In a series of Twitter posts, overseas Congress President Sam Pitroda also paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi. He tweets, “Today is the day to pay respect to this great leader who dreamed of India in the 21st century and at the same time reflect on his contribution to India,” adding that he has worked with him “an advisor on technology missions.”
In another post, Mr. Pitroda wrote: “Rajiv Gandhi’s life was taken away at an early age by a terror attack. His loss left a huge vacuum in politics, leadership, and development in India.”
In 1984, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of Independent at the age of 40, days after his mother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Indira Gandhi was 48-year-old when first, she became the Prime Minister of India in 1966.