New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other leaders paid tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary on Monday.
PM Modi, in his tweet, said: "Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhiji on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also posted her tribute: "Fondly remembering our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhiji on his birth anniversary". An earlier tweet that had wrongly referred to Rajiv Gandhi's "death anniversary" was deleted from her Twitter page.
Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Rajiv Gandhi's memorial Veer Bhumi, where many Congress veterans and leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paid homage.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his father was "a kind, gentle and affectionate man whose untimely death left a deep void in my life. I remember the times we had together and the many birthdays we were lucky to celebrate with him when he was alive. He is greatly missed, but his memory lives on," he said.
He was the youngest Prime Minister of India at 40. He was assassinated by a suicide bomber in 1991 at a public meeting in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur.