New Delhi: The nation on Saturday remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 94th birth anniversary with President Pratibha Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari among prominent personalities who paid rich tributes to the leader.
   
The leaders offered floral tributes at her memorial Shakti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna.
   
Besides Patil and Ansari, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Union Ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Krishna Tirath and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia were among those who visited the memorial.
   
Gandhi, born on November 19, 1917 in the politically influential Nehru family, was the first woman Prime Minister of India. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru was a pivotal figure in the Indian independence movement and the first Prime Minister of independent India.
   
After Nehru's death in 1964, she became a Rajya Sabha member and was inducted in Lal Bahadur Shastri's cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
   
She held three consecutive terms as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977. The Congress leader was assassinated on October 31, 1984.

Parliamentarians pay floral tributes to Indira

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Opposition Leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday led Parliamentarians in paying floral tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary at Parliament House.
   
Besides Mukherjee, Swaraj and Sonia, several Union Ministers and MPs, including Jitin Prasada, RPN Singh and Karan Singh, and BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay paid their tributes.
   
Vijay said, "We may have differences with Mrs Gandhi but we want to emphasise that we would not bring any party considerations in paying tributes to country's great leaders."
   
A booklet containing the profile of Gandhi brought out in Hindi and English by Lok Sabha Secretariat was also presented to the dignitaries who attended the function.


(Agencies)