NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary this morning at his memorial, Veer Bhumi, in Delhi. Besides the Gandhi family, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former president Pranab Mukherjee, among other senior party leaders, were also present at Veer Bhumi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter. “Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary,” he tweeted.
PM Modi has been criticized by the Congress and other opposition parties for attacking Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister and the father of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, during his campaign for the national election that ended on Sunday.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE, who greeted him at a rally in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur town with a bomb strapped to her chest. His death anniversary is also observed as Anti-terrorism day.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted this morning: “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.”