"My homage to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary," Modi wrote on Twitter.

Rajiv Gandhi served as the sixth prime minister of India from October 31, 1984 to December 2, 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother and then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

At the time of formation of 8th Lok Sabha, Rajiv Gandhi got clear mandate and backed 414 seats in a 533 seat Parliament, the majority being 267. Ever since then no other party was able to sweep votes in the same manner till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections where the BJP led NDA under Narendra Modi’s vision won the elections convincingly by taking 336 seats.

The BJP itself won 282 seats.

After Rajiv Gandhi's landslide victory in 1984, the BJP became the first political party that won enough seats to govern without the support of other parties.


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