On Rajiv Gandhi’s death Anniversary, political leaders and his family on Tuesday paid tribute at his memorial, Veer Bhumi, in Delhi.
Twenty eight years after his tragic death , Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh constituency, addressed Congress president Rahul Gandhi and said, “Your father was termed ‘Mr. Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No. 1 (Corrupt No.1)’.” Very few expected Narendra Modi to stoop so low. His statement surprised millions of sane voices. A statement which is antithetical to the cultural ethos of India. No sensitive, thoughtful, cultured human being, certainly not one who holds the office of the Prime Minister, should have made such a statement.
“Today we honour the life of Late PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi,” Congress tweeted on its official handle.
“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,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Priyanka Gandhi also posted her tribute to her father Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter with her photograph as a child with him and a poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. “You will always be my hero,” she wrote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter. “Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary,” he tweeted. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former president Pranab Mukherjee also paid homage to Rajiv Gandhi.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Sri Lankan rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber Dhanu on May 21, 1991.