In Uttar Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, also party office-bearer, travelled to a village in the state.
They went about today to pay tribute to two soldiers killed in last week’s Pulwama terror attack.
“My sister said, in a way, the same happened to our father. So we understand the pain in your hearts,” Rahul Gandhi said, addressing family members of one of the soldiers, Amit Kumar Kori, at Shamli.
Obviously, the Congress chief was referring to the 1991 assassination of his father, also former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi by a suicide bomber of the Tamil Tigers.
The Gandhi siblings, along with Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Raj Babbar, stood with their heads bowed as the “Gayatri mantra” was chanted at the prayer meeting for Amit Kumar Kori.
Kori was one of the 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers killed by a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish e Mohammad in Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14.
Slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” were also shouted. During the meeting, Rahul Gandhi also consoled weeping family members.
The Congress posted on social media videos in which the Gandhis and Jyotiraditya Scindia were seen paying tribute to garlanded photos of the soldiers.