Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi paid her tribute in the parliament building; virtual meeting with opposition leaders on Friday.
Congress on Friday paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birthday, with Rahul Gandhi saying, “Rajiv Gandhi ji was a man of tremendous vision, whose far-sighted policies helped build modern India,” in a Facebook post. message.
Rahul Gandhi paid floral tribute to his father at the monument to the former Prime Minister, Vir Bhumi, and spent some time there.
“He was a wonderful father, a compassionate and loving person. He will always live in my heart. I paid him my respects in Vir Bhumi,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Senior Congress leaders Pawan Kumar Bansal, KC Venugopal and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Srinivas BV head were among those who visited Vir Bhumi along with Rahul Gandhi.
“A secular India alone is an India that can survive,” Rahul Gandhi posted his father’s quote on Facebook.
“I remember Shri Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birthday,” he said in a message.
Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi paid tribute to the former prime minister in the parliament building.
Rahul Gandhi opened a photo exhibition dedicated to Rajiv Gandhi, and it was organized by the IYC. He also unveiled a bust of the former prime minister at the IYC headquarters here.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi posted a photo of her with Rajiv Gandhi when she was a child, along with a note that read: “The brave don’t shut up about injustice, they stand up for what’s right and right, they don’t cringe in the dark they stand strong, they spread the light of truth on the deceit-blackened skies.The brave never die.”
The Congress, off its official Twitter handle, tweeted: “India’s youngest prime minister. The architect of 21st century India. The visionary, the pioneer, the patriot. Today we pay tribute to Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi and celebrate his immense contributions to the nation.” Congress’ chief spokesman, Randeep Surjewala, also praised the former prime minister and recalled his contribution to the country.
“The memory of Rajiv ji on his 77th birthday – the visionary who shaped India’s destiny for the 21st century, who touched lives in every field, who translated dreams into reality, who gave an arm to the young women left behind” , Surjewala tweeted.
The top ministers of the Congress-ruled states of Amarinder Singh (Punjab), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan) and Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) paid tribute to the former prime minister.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also remembered Rajiv Gandhi on his birthday and said he was pleased that party chief Sonia Gandhi will meet opposition leaders on this day to discuss issues that matter.
Sonia Gandhi will hold a virtual meeting with opposition leaders on Friday.
“Rajiv Gandhi ushered in India’s era of modernization and launched the technological revolution,” he tweeted.
Senior party leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Mallikarjun Kharge, Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Pilot, Salman Khurshid, among others, also paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter.
Rajiv Gandhi, born in 1944, was Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated in 1991.