Congress pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary


New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi accompanied by son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra on Thursday offered flowers at ‘Vir Bhumi’ on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi’s 24th death anniversary.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a number of party leaders including PC Chacko, Oscar Farnandes, Gulam Nabi Azad, Ajay Maken were among those who also paid tributes to the leader. The programme included Morning Raga recital by Pt Ripesh Mishra and Pt Rajneesh Mishra.

It was followed by playing of an audio excerpt of a speech delivered by Rajiv Gandhi calling upon people for “building bridges, sinking differences and fighting for freedom” and talking about “awareness of younger generation.”

After conclusion of the programme at Vir Bhumi, the Gandhi family reached Shakti Sthal, memorial of late Indira Gandhi, to pay their homage.

Returning from there, Rahul with folded hands greeted a large crowd of party workers who hailed late Rajiv Gandhi And Indira Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

On the other hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.