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Love and gratitude: Priyanka, Rahul pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

Congress and most of its leaders remembered the veteran politician with their tributes on social media while his family members and other party leaders visited Veer Bhumi in New Delhi to pay tributes.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 21, 2019 11:54 IST
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi
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Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday paid tribute to his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary, calling him a “gentle and an affectionate person”.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul said, “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.”

         

Congress general secretary of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi too shared a poem with an image where she is hugging her late father.

She dedicated the famous ‘Agnipath‘ poem written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan to her father.

“You will always be my hero,” she wrote along with the image.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who during the Lok Sabha election campaigning continuously attacked the former prime minister, also paid his tribute.

"Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

At a rally in Uttar Pradesh, Modi had said, "Your father (Rajiv Gandhi) was termed Mr Clean by his courtiers, but his life ended as bhrashtachari (corrupt) no 1."

In another rally, Modi alleged Rajiv Gandhi and his family of using the Navy's INS Viraat as a "personal taxi" for 10 days while they were vacationing on an island in Lakshadweep in the late 1980s.

Meanwhile, the entire nation is paying homage to Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary.

 

Earlier in the day, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka paid floral tribute to Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhumi.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former president Pranab Mukherjee also paid homage to the former prime minister.

Priyanka's husband Robert Vadra was also present with the Gandhi family.

Born on August 20, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi represented Uttar Pradesh's Amethi parliamentary constituency four times. The seat is now held by his son Rahul Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur on My 21, 1991. He was cremated at Veer Bhumi, located on the banks of the river Yamuna.

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