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Thursday, August 23, 2012

PM, Sonia Gandhi pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the country in paying rich tributes to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 68th birth anniversary. They paid floral tributes at Vir Bhumi, the samadhi of Rajiv Gandhi.
Congress President and wife of Rajiv Gandhi Sonia Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, also laid flowers at the samadhi on the occasion.
Defence Minister A K Antony, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, MoS in PMO V Narayanswamy, were among the other leaders who paid floral tributes at the samadhi.
School children later marched towards the samadhi with a Tricolour to showcase a performance depicting communal harmony. Classical devotional music was being played throughout the programme.
Rajiv Gandhi, who heralded the information and communication technology revolution in the country, was born on August 20, 1944 and served as the sixth Prime Minister of India from 1984-1989. He was assassinated by the LTTE on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu while addressing an election campaign.

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