PM Modi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary | Latest News India

On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

Written by Kanishka Singharia | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A Congress leader was assassinated the same day by a suicide bomber 31 years ago in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Shraddhanjali pays tribute to our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for his goodwill.”

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Rajiv Gandhi was born in Bombay on August 20, 1944 to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter, politician Feroze Gandhi. He served as the country’s sixth prime minister from 1984 to 1989 and was the youngest person to hold the post.

After the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in a war plane crash in 1980, Gandhi entered the political arena. A year later he marked his political success in the Lok Sabha elections by winning his brother’s parliamentary seat – the Amethi of Uttar Pradesh.

Prior to taking office as Prime Minister, he also served as Congress General Secretary.

On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of AG Perarivalan, who has been jailed for 30 years in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. He was accused of buying two nine-volt batteries for the LTTE’s Sivarasan, the conspirator of the assassination.

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