Rajiv Gandhi's 26th death anniversary: Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi among others pay tribute
Top Congress leaders paid tribute to the former prime minister's death anniversary at Vir bhumi in New Delhi on Sunday.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday paid tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary.
They laid flowers and wreaths at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, 'Vir Bhumi' in New Delhi. The party also launched a campaign to have more reservation for women in politics.
Remembering my father today. A leader driven by love, compassion & a deep generosity of heart. We miss him pic.twitter.com/d10KbLVaNb
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 21, 2017
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was also present at the gathering along with other dignitaries, according to India Today.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee too paid tributes to the former prime minister and said she would always remember the shock and pain of his "untimely demise".
Heartfelt homage to former PM Rajiv Gandhi ji on his 26th death anniversary. Many memories #RememberingRajiv
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 20, 2017
NCP leader and former Congressman Sharad Pawar tweeted an old photo of him with the late prime minister.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 21, 2017
To observe the late prime minister's death anniversary, Congress will launch a nationwide signature campaign demanding 33 percent reservation of seats for women in all Assembly and Parliamentary elections.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1991 in a suicide bomb attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during an election rally at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. He had succeeded his mother Indira Gandhi as prime minister, after her assassination in October 1984.
He served as prime minister from 31 October, 1984, to 2 December, 1989. He had succeeded to the position after his mother Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on 31 October, 1984.
With inputs from IANS
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