"Remembering former PM Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birth anniversary," Modi tweeted.

President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 72nd birth anniversary. Respects were paid on Saturday at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 72nd birth anniversary

Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 72nd birth anniversary

Manmohan Singh pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 72nd birth anniversary


Vice President Hamid Ansari and Congress leader Ajay Maken were also present at the venue. Congress party’s Mumbai unit has also planned to organise a human chain against global terrorism on Saturday.

Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944, served as the sixth Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the assassination of his mother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing at Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.

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