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.”
My father was gentle, loving, kind & affectionate. He taught me to love & respect all beings. To never hate. To forgive.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 21, 2019
I miss him.
On his death anniversary, I remember my father with love & gratitude.#RememberingRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/sYPGu5jGFC
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.
You will always be my hero. pic.twitter.com/LYPciCD234— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 21, 2019
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.
Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 21, 2019
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.
We honour and remember former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary today. A visionary leader and a fine human being. He stood for compassion, love & truth. He is dearly missed today and everyday.#RememberingRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/xIKALU77w6— Congress (@INCIndia) May 21, 2019
Solemnly and very fondly remembering former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 21, 2019
My sincere tributes to the former Prime Minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 21, 2019
His commitment strongly backed by his vision opened avenues to millions of youth, addressed social issues using tech & finally made India a 21st century country.#RememberingRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/HUcGEWc7ta
Sincere and humble tributes to former Prime Minister Sh. #RajivGandhi ji on 28th anniversary of his martyrdom. His contributions for the development and technological revolution in India are truly noteworthy.#RememberingRajivGandhi— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 21, 2019
"#rajivgandhi was a joy to work with. We were a team.We argued, we differed, we joked, and shared experiences. Calling him sir was frowned upon. “I have a name,” he would insist." , people who worked with him wrote.— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) May 21, 2019
Remembering the leader whose legacy of love still lives on pic.twitter.com/RlGwn1Tpt5
My humble tributes to Bharat Ratna Shri #RajivGandhi ji on 28th anniversary of his martyrdom. He was a visionary PM, an architect of modern India and a great human being.#RememberingRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/xaOXkKFMFQ— Ashok Chavan (@AshokChavanINC) May 21, 2019
Today is the day to pay respect to this great leader who dreamed of India in the 21st century and at the same time reflect on his contribution to India.— Sam Pitroda (@sampitroda) May 21, 2019
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.