New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi including Former president Pranab Mukherjee, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders, paid floral homages to him at Veer Bhumi in New Delhi. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Robert Vadra, former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar also paid homage to the former prime minister.
Born on August 20, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991. Then served as the 6th prime minister. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi. Became the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40.
Prime minister Modi remembered the “efforts” of the former prime minister “towards the nation”.
“Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation,” he wrote on Twitter.
In numerous parts of the country, regional leaders also paid honors to him by garlanding his portrait or statues.
Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, recalled the memories of time spent with his father.
“Rajiv Gandhi was a kind, gentle and affectionate man whose untimely death left a deep void in my life. I remember the times we had together and the many birthdays we were lucky to celebrate with him when he was alive. He is greatly missed, but his memory lives on,” he said.
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot tweeted in Hindi: “Popular leader with a visionary personality, a tribute to former prime minister late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Wishes to all people of the country on Sadbhavana Diwas.”
He also posted a picture of Rajiv Gandhi, whose birth anniversary is celebrated as ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’.