New Delhi: The former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated on May 21, 1991, by a terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber. The incident took place when he was on an election campaign in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. He was just 46 at that time.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. The Congress leader and youngest prime minister of the country was assassinated on this day by a suicide bomber in Tamil Nadu 31 years ago. “On his death anniversary, paying tribute to our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,” PM Modi tweeted.
On his death anniversary, paying tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 21, 2022
The visionary leader was born on August 20, 1944, in Bombay to former prime minister Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter and politician Feroze Gandhi. He became the sixth prime minister of the country, taking charge after the assassination of his mother, the former PM Indira Gandhi, in the year 1984. He remained in office till 1989.
Rajiv Gandhi was not a politician by nature; he entered into Indian politics after the demise of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash in 1980. He was elected for the first time by winning his brother’s parliamentary constituency-Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, he also served as the Congress general secretary.
Leaders all over the country paid tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior party leaders paid their homage to the former PM at Vir Bhumi in Delhi.
Incidentally, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of AG Perarivalan, who was found guilty in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.