On the occasion of the birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress veteran Sonia Gandhi on Sunday praised his achievements. Speaking at an event at the 25th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award ceremony, Sonia Gandhi said Rajiv Gandhi “has achieved a multitude of achievements in his short political career which ended in a very happy way. brutal”.
“Rajiv Gandhi’s political career ended brutally but he achieved many important milestones in that short time. He is very sensitive to the diversity of the country. Whatever time he may have served the nation, he has achieved unspeakable achievements. He was dedicated to women’s empowerment. He fought for a third of women in panchayat and cities,” said Sonia Gandhi.
“…If today more than 15,000 female delegates are elected in rural and urban bodies, it is only because of the hard work and foresight of Rajiv Gandhi,” she added.
Rajiv Gandhi – who took the helm of the longstanding party in 1984 after the assassination of his mother and then prime minister Indira Gandhi – became India’s youngest Prime Minister at the age of 40. He was assassinated by the Tigers. Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on 21 May 1991.
Responding to Sonia Gandhi’s statement, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Trivedi told Congress “the truth should not be hidden about how the former Prime Minister’s decisions have adversely impacted India.” .
“We can also understand the pain Sonia Gandhiji felt for Rajiv Gandhiji’s death. She can compliment his legacy but she shouldn’t hide the truth. The country has seen how Rajiv Gandhi’s decisions have negatively impacted India. It is short term, but the country faces a lot of problems. It could be the killing of Sikhs in Delhi, UP or Tamil Nadu,” the BJP leader told ANI news agency.
(With input from agencies)