My father taught me that hate is a prison: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi (Image:Twitter)

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi (Image:Twitter)

As leaders from the Congress and other political parties paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 27th death anniversary, Rahul Gandhi, his son and current party chief, said his father’s teachings have been “most valuable”.

“My father taught me that hate is a prison for those who carry it. Today, on his death anniversary, I thank him for teaching me to love and respect all beings, the most valuable gifts a father can give a son,” he tweeted. “Rajiv Gandhi, those of us that love you hold you forever in our hearts,” he added.

Besides the first family of the Congress, several senior leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid respects to Rajiv Gandhi at his memorial-Veer Bhumi here. Former President Pranab Mukherjee too paid floral tributes this morning.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also remembered Rajiv Gandhi and conveyed a message through Twitter.  “Solemnly and very fondly remembering former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary,” she said.

Meanwhile, HD Kumaraswamy too had put off his swearing-in, schduled for today, till Wednesday due to the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi, former PM and elder son of Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by the LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu while he was campaigning for the 1991 General Elections. He became the youngest PM at the age of 40 when he assumed office after his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984.

(with PTI inputs)