Congress leaders including Sonia, Priyanka, Rahul, Manmohan Singh pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 75th birth anniversary
Senior Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Manmohan Singh paid tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary on Tuesday.
Senior Congress leaders, including interim party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Manmohan Singh paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary
The leaders paid floral tributes to the visionary leader at his memorial in Veer Bhumi in Delhi
Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ahmed Patel too paid tributes to the late leader
New Delhi: Senior Congress leaders, including interim party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Manmohan Singh paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary on Tuesday.
The leaders paid floral tributes to the visionary leader at his memorial in Veer Bhumi in Delhi.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee, former vice president Hamid Ansari, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Ahmed Patel too paid tributes to the late leader.
Priyanka Gandhi's husband and businessman Robert Vadra and her daughter Miraya Vadra were also present at the occasion.
Rahul Gandhi had tweeted on Monday that Congress party will be holding several memorial events across the country this week to mark his father's birth anniversary.
"This week we will celebrate my father, Rajiv GandhiJi's 75th birth anniversary with memorial events across India. To honour him, each day this week, I will draw attention to one of his many incredible achievements. Today, the Information Technology revolution," Rahul tweeted along with a video.
In the first video, the Gandhi scion shared how seeds of IT revolution in the country were sown in 1985 under Rajiv Gandhi's leadership.
Some of the steps taken by the Rajiv government as shown in the video include — "Computers become the symbol of ambitious Indians, entrepreneurs like NR Narayana Murthy, Shiv Nadar, and Azim Premji set-up world-class IT companies, through MTNL Indians could connect to 243 overseas countries, digitised telephone exchanges, PCOs introduced to connect rural and urban India and first Indian Railways introduced Digital reservation for tickets."
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal has directed party functionaries to observe the day at the state, district and block levels with the involvement of the general public at large.
He has also instructed the leaders that apart from the prayer meetings and floral tributes, social programmes such as blood donation camps, plantation of saplings, seminars, conferences can be held.
Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country at age 40. He took over as the sixth prime minister after his mother Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984. In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
His death anniversary is also observed as Anti-Terrorism day.
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The party made the assertions after a special meeting of general secretaries, in-charges and Pradesh Congress Presidents (PCCs) which was presided over by Congress president Sonia Gandhi