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Cong leaders, Modi pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary

Earlier this month the prime minister had termed Rajiv Gandhi 'brastachari no 1' sparking a row

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with his sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra and her husband Robert Vedra paying tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 27th death anniversary at his memorial

Former prime minister was remembered on his 28th on Tuesday with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and ex-president Pranab Mukherjee among those who paid homage at his memorial Veer Bhoomi.

Across the country, Congress offices held programmes in memory of the late prime minister.

Prime Minister tweeted: "Tributes to former PM Shri on his "

Rajiv Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi, wife Sonia Gandhi, daughter Vadra and son-in-law along with senior Congress leaders paid floral tributes at his memorial.

In an emotional message, said his father was a gentle person who taught him to forgive and never hate.

"My father was gentle, loving, kind & affectionate. He taught me to love & respect all beings. To never hate. To forgive. I miss him. On his death anniversary, I remember my father with love & gratitude," he tweeted.

also took to Twitter to pay tributes to her father. She posted late Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poem 'Agnipath' and said, "You will always be my hero."

This comes after Modi dubbed "bhrashtachari no 1" (corrupt no 1) at an election rally earlier this month, sparking a row.

Hitting out at over his allegations of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, Modi had said, "Your father was termed 'Mr. Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari no 1'."

Leaders of other parties including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also paid tributes to the former prime minister.

Rajiv Gandhi took over the Congress' reins following the assassination of his mother and the then prime minister Indira Gandhi in October 1984. The same year, he became India's youngest prime minister at the age of 40.

He was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber at an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur town on this day in 1991.

First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 17:56 IST
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