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Rajiv Gandhi remembered on death anniv

President Pratibha Patil, PM Manmohan and Sonia Gandhi besides a host of Congress leaders paid homage to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his 17th death anniversary.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2008 09:22 AM IST

President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi besides a host of Congress leaders on Wednesday paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 17th death anniversary.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Defence Minister A K Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were among those who paid floral tributes to the former prime minister.

Amid a continuous drizzle, the departed leader's widow and Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with her son and MP Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra reached his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' to pay their tributes.

A prayer meeting was organised in the premises of the memorial.

A speech given by the late Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 was also played at the end of prayer meet which brought back memories of the former leader.

Minster for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar, Tourism Minister Ambika Soni, MoS for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora were among others who paid tributes to their beloved leader.

Youth Congress workers present on the occasion raised slogans in memory of the former Prime Minister, who was assassinated on May 21, 1991 during a public meeting at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

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