Nation pays tributes to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on 69th birth anniversary

The nation fondly remembers former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 69th birth anniversary today. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at his memorial at Veer Bhoomi in the national capital this morning.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Road Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were among the other leaders who paid tributes to the departed leader.

Devotional music was played throughout the programme. Scores of National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of Congress, members were also present on the occasion.

Several functions and symposia have been organised all over the country to mark the occasion.

The day is also celebrated as Sadbhavna Diwas. On this day, persons are honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for their outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace.