Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today paid an emotional tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his grandmother, on her death anniversary. Mr Gandhi, who is currently abroad, said in a post on Twitter that his "Dadi's (grandmother's)" principles continue to be the guiding force in his life.
"Today is the anniversary of my grandmother's martyrdom. Your iron resolve and fearless decisions will guide me at every step," Mr Gandhi tweeted in Hindi along with a photo of his grandmother.
आज मेरी दादी श्रीमती इन्दिरा गांधी जी का बलिदान दिवस है। आप के फौलादी इरादे और निडर फैसलों की सीख हर कदम पर मेरा मार्गदर्शन करती रहेगी। आपको मेरा शत् शत् नमन।- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 31, 2019
My tributes to my grandmother & former PM, Smt Indira Gandhi Ji on the anniversary of her martyrdom.
Mr Gandhi is currently abroad on a "meditational visit", according to the Congress
His mother and Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi paid tribute to Indira Gandhi at her memorial site in New Delhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders including BS Hooda also paid homage to Indira Gandhi at the Shakti Sthal.
Indira Gandhi served as the first and only woman Prime Minister of India from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in 1984.
She was assassinated by her own bodyguards at her official residence on October 31, 1984, months after she ordered Operation Bluestar, in which the army stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of the holiest Sikh shrines, to remove separatists hiding inside.
Rahul Gandhi, 49, is the son of Indira Gandhi's older son Rajiv Gandhi, who became Prime Minister after her death.
Rahul Gandhi quit as Congress president earlier this year after the party's national election debacle.