Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the father of the Congress president, on his 74th birth anniversary on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his father was "a kind, gentle and affectionate man whose untimely death left a deep void in my life".
"I remember the times we had together and the many birthdays we were lucky to celebrate with him when he was alive. He is greatly missed, but his memory lives on," he said.
Rajiv Gandhi was a kind, gentle and affectionate man whose untimely death left a deep void in my life.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 20, 2018
I remember the times we had together and the many birthdays we were lucky to celebrate with him when he was alive.
He is greatly missed, but his memory lives on. pic.twitter.com/IGwTDJprRd
PM Modi, in his tweet, said: "Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv GandhiJi on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also posted her tribute: "Fondly remembering our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhiji on his birth anniversary". An earlier tweet that had wrongly referred to Rajiv Gandhi's "death anniversary" was deleted from her Twitter page.
Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Rajiv Gandhi's memorial Veer Bhumi, where many Congress veterans and leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paid homage.
Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944, was the seventh Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
He was the youngest Prime Minister of India at 40. He was assassinated by a suicide bomber in 1991 at a public meeting in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur.
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