Congress leaders in Karnataka pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary

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Karnataka Congress leaders paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary on Thursday.


Karnataka Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Dinesh Gundu Rao, among others, paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

After paying tributes to the former Prime Minister, Shivakumar hailed him as a great leader who had lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 and credited him for the revolution in India's Information Technology (IT) sector.

"Followers of Rajiv Gandhi have been visiting here every year. He was a great leader of the country, who gave strength to the youth, giving 18-year old boys a chance to vote. If at all in this country an IT revolution took place, it is due to Rajiv Gandhi. His one move created second-line leaders who had confidence from local bodies," Shivakumar said.

Former prime minister and stalwart Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991.

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, in Bombay, to former prime minister Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter, politician Feroze Gandhi. 

Rajiv Gandhi took over the charge of Congress in 1984 following the assassination of his mother and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He became India's youngest Prime Minister at the age of 40.

His wife, Sonia Gandhi took charge of the Congress party and became the party president in the year 1998. 

With inputs from ANI

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