Puducherry, May 21(UNI) Floral tributes were paid to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion of his 17th death anniversary here today.
Chief Minister N Rangasamy, his cabinet colleagues, Union Minister of State for Planning V Narayansamy, Legislators and senior officials of the Puducherry administration were among others, who garlanded the statue of Rajiv Gandhi at Ellaipillaichavady.
Patriotic songs were sung and 'Anti-terrorism'' pledge was taken to mark the occasion. An all-religion prayer was also held near the statue.
PCC President A V Subramanian and office-bearers of the Puducherry Munnetra Congress also garlanded the statue.
Earlier, rich tributes were paid to a decorated portrait of the late leader at the PCC office here in which Chief Minister N Rangasamy, his cabinet colleagues, Mr Narayansamy, Mr Subramanian and others participated. They also took out a procession from the PCC office to the statue carrying the portrait.
Later, Union Minister Mr Narayansamy flagged off a motorcycle rally from Puducherry to Sripermabadur carrying the ''Rajiv Jyoti'' organised by the Youth Congress.
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