From Anti-defection law and Shah Bano case to bringing in revolutionary economic reforms and the Shimla agreement with the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Rajiv Gandhi government always remained in news.
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.
The Congress party will hold commemorative programmes on May 21 to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to highlight his contribution to the country.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a swipe at the BJP over its leaders making controversial remarks on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, saying the BJP and the RSS are not "God-ke Lovers" but "God-se Lovers".
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"Thousands of Sikhs were killed mercilessly. The then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi justified it. No one was punished. Manmohan Singh was made (by the Congress) to apologise. What Sam Pitroda has said exposes the Congress' mindset," said BJP president Amit Shah
So many questions and nobody to answer. But the two biggest political parties of the country are still sparring over former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's purported vacation in 1987 in the Lakshadweep archipelago.
"Politics at an all time low ...Desperate measures are visible. Hitting out at an assassinated Prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to mislead the people of India. A person who cannot defend himself...'' says Robert Vadra
The ruling BJP, in a tweet on Friday, claimed the above-mentioned 'fact' was on record of Nanavati Commission, which investigated the acts of violence against the Sikh community. The party added the “instructions to kill” the Sikhs came from former PMO.
A day after making the ‘hua toh hua’ comment, Pitroda took to Twitter to clarify his stance and said the BJP was “twisting his words and distorting facts" to "hide their failures", while reaffirming that he had acknowledged the pain of Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday described Rajiv Gandhi a martyr and said though the BJP respects him, that doesn't mean it won't talk about the "misrule and corruption" of his government.
While the Congress alleged that Modi is a "serial liar" who has made Indian Air Force jets his "own taxi", the BJP hit back with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying that the "kaamdars" used India's naval fleet to strike at terror, "naamdars" used them for personal reasons.
In a detailed statement, Admiral Ramdas, who was Chief of Naval Staff then, said the then Prime Minister had gone on an official trip to the Lakshadweep Islands to chair a meeting of the Islands Development Authority (IDA) held alternatively between Andaman and Lakshadweep Islands.
Addressing the gathering in Ramleela Maidan, Modi said, "Who has been treating the forces as personal property? ...have you ever heard that a family goes for holiday on a warship? This has happened in our country. The 'naamdar' family used INS Viraat as its personal property. They insulted it."
Karnataka BJP leader V Srinivasa Prasad has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accusing former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi of corruption.
Manoj Kashyap of Shahgarh in Amethi has written that he was 'traumatised' by the statements of the Prime Minister against late Rajiv Gandhi.
"Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in the Election Commission of India instructions," the poll watchdog said, in a statement on Tuesday.
Their statement came after Modi had in a rally on Saturday targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale issue and said "your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1)."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday threw a challenge at the Congress, asking it to contest the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the name of Rajiv Gandhi, who he recently dubbed as "bhrashtachari no. 1".
Thackeray joins the ranks of several prominent opposition leaders across the country who criticized Modi's statements on Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated by a Sri Lankan Tamil suicide bomber on May 21, 1991.