Senior Congress leaders paid homage to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, on the 24th death anniversary of his assassination. Since the early morning, several leaders of the Congress party assembled to pay floral tributes at his memorial site Vir Bhumi in the capital.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra offered floral tributes at his memorial Vir Bhumi.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a number of senior party leaders including PC Chacko, Oscar Farnandes, Gulam Nabi Azad, Ajay Maken too were among those who also paid tributes to the departed leader.
Several programmes were held at his memorial site to commemorate his anniversary. A Morning Raga recital programme was performed by Pt Ripesh Mishra and Pt Rajneesh Mishra. The recital programme was followed by playing of an audio excerpt of a speech delivered by Rajiv Gandhi calling upon people for “building bridges, sinking differences and fighting for freedom” and talking about “awareness of younger generation.”
PM Narendra Modi too extended his wishes by tweeting, “paying tributes to Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary”.
On 21st May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu at an election rally while he was campaigning for 1991 general elections.
India’s sixth and the youngest Prime Minister is best known for initiating the Information Technology in India, economic policies aiming at giving boost to science, technology and industry, doing away with the ‘Licence raj’, granting of franchise for the youth, reducing the voting age from 25 years to 18 years among other things.
The former pilot with Air India, Rajiv took over as the PM of India after his mother and the then PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her body guards on 31st October 1984. Known as Mr. Clean in earlier part of his tenure, Rajiv Gandhi suffered a set-back in 1989 elections as his party lost out due to an infamous ‘Bofors’ controversy.