Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on 18th death anniversary

May 21st, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries gathered Thursday to remember former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 18th death anniversary at his memorial Veer Bhumi, three days after Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran who ordered his assassination was killed in Sri Lanka.
Rajiv Gandhi’s family - his widow and Congress president Sonia, their son Rahul, daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Robert Vadra - paid floral tributes to the leader, who was assassinated on May 21, 1991 by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber when he was attending a public rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

Also present were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and several leaders of the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance, including National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.

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