Rajiv Gandhi's 26th death anniversary: Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi among others pay tribute

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.

File image of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Reuters

File image of Rajiv Gandhi. Reuters

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.

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".

NCP leader and former Congressman Sharad Pawar tweeted an old photo of him with the late prime minister.

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

Updated Date: May 21, 2017 14:19 PM

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