Leaders pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 70th birth anniversary (In pics)

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New Delhi, Aug 20: The nation on Wednesday remembered late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders Soni Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and daughter of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra also paid tributes to the late prime minister at his samadhi at Vir Bhumi. Other Congress and National Students Union of India leaders also paid respects to Rajiv Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi, son of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was born on August 20, 1944, in Mumbai and went on to become the country's youngest prime minister in 1984 after the assassination of his mother. He served as the PM for one term and it was during his time that India involved itself deeply with the LTTE problem in Sri Lanka. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber during the election campaign on May 21, 1991, at Sriprumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

Rajiv Gandhi's 70th Birth Anniversary

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

President pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi

President Pranab Mukherjee paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Manmohan Singh pays tribute

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paying tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra with her husband Robert Vadra paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Sonia & Rahul Gandhi pay tribute

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Sonia Gandhi at Vir Bhumi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra with her husband Robert Vadra paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhumi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi at Vir Bhumi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhumi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Rajiv Gandhi's 70th Birth Anniversary

Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra paying tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhumi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Rajiv Gandhi remembered

President Pranab Mukherjee,Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi after paying tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

Rajiv Gandhi (1944-1991)

People pay floral tribute to late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion of his 70th birth anniversary at Anand Bhawan in Allahabad on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. PTI

70th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

BJP leader LK Advani, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu during a function to commemorate 70th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra arrive to pay tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary at Vir Bhoomi in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Sushma Sawraj during a function

BJP leader LK Advani, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj during a function to commemorate 70th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Sonia Gandhi with BJP leader LK Advani

Congress President Sonia Gandhi with BJP leader LK Advani during a function to commemorate 70th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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