Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary; Congress celebrates the day as Sadbhavna Diwas

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary.

The Prime Minister tweeted “Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.”

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered his father as someone who taught him never to hate anyone. “Today we celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi ji, a patriot & a visionary, whose far-sighted policies helped build India. To me, he was a loving father who taught me never to hate, to forgive & to love all beings,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by Rahul Gandhi, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid tributes to the former Prime Minister at Virbhoomi here.

We must continue our journey on the path shown by Rajiv ji: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said “unpleasant trends” of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, and incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups will damage our polity. Remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, he said these trends are repugnant to promotion of peace, national integration and communal harmony, which are cherished objectives enshrined in our Constitution.  

“All of us need to reflect on how we can contribute to arresting these trends,” he said. “We must continue our journey on the path shown by Rajiv ji by imbibing these words of Rajiv ji,” Singh said.

Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari pay tribute: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice President Hamid Ansari and several other leaders also paid floral tribute to Rajiv Gandhi at Virbhoomi.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh while remembering the former Prime Minister tweeted, “You are forever in my heart & the heart of every person whose life you touched, dear friend. India remembers your contributions to nation-building & will always miss you, Rajiv,”

The Congress celebrates the birthday of former Prime Minister as ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’.