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Leaders pay rich tributes to Indira Gandhi

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Published : Nov 20, 2017, 6:18 am IST
Updated : Nov 20, 2017, 6:18 am IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his tributes to Ms Gandhi, saying “tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi (centre) greets former President Pranab Mukherjee as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on as they meet to pay tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at her memorial in New Delhi on her birth anniversary. (Photo: Pritam Bandyopadhyay)
 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi (centre) greets former President Pranab Mukherjee as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on as they meet to pay tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at her memorial in New Delhi on her birth anniversary. (Photo: Pritam Bandyopadhyay)

New Delhi: Rich tributes poured in on Sunday, which was the 100th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi leading the remembrances.

Senior leaders, including former president Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, also paid homage to the late leader.

 

“Nation remembers former Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary,” Mr Kovind tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his tributes to Ms Gandhi, saying “tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.”

Describing Indira as “one of the greatest” Prime Ministers, Sonia Gandhi said there was only one religion for the late Congress leader, that all Indians were equal children of the motherland.

Messers Mukherjee and Mr Singh, besides Rahul Gandhi, paid floral tributes to her at her memorial, ‘Shakti Sthal’.

Often described as the 'Iron Lady of India', Ms Gandhi was born on this day in 1917 in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad.

 

“No one can erase Indiraji’s memory,” Mr Mukherjee said at an event later at 1 Safdarjung Road, where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984. A photo exhibition has been organised there to mark her 100th birth anniversary. Ms Sonia Gandhi said Indira Gandhi took pride in India's rich diversity and its democratic and secular values.

Indira Gandhi also fought for India’s dignity and independence as a sovereign nation, against the dominance of superpowers, she said.

“And not only for India, but for all countries that resisted colonial and post-colonial forms of hegemony,” Ms Sonia Gandhi added. Rahul Gandhi recalled his grandmother, whom he described as his mentor and guide.

 

“I remember you Dadi with so much love and happiness. You are my mentor and guide. You give me strength. #Indira100,” he tweeted.

Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter that she worked tirelessly "to shape a new future" for the country. "...India first & India always. That was Indiraji! #Indira100," he said on the micro-blogging site.

Tributes were also paid in Parliament's Central Hall, where Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP veteran L K Advani, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and MoS Parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel were in attendance.

 

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