New Delhi: United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal, on her 101st birth anniversary on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his tribute for Gandhi. He wrote, ” Tributes to India’s former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi Ji on her birth anniversary.”
Other senior Congress leaders along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari and former President Pranab Mukherjee were also present at Shakti Sthal to pay respects to the first lady Prime Minister of the country.
Born on November 19, 1917, to India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamala Nehru, she served as prime minister for three terms lasting almost 16 years.
She was the second longest serving Prime Minister and was well known for path-breaking economic and social reforms, including nationalisation of banks. She also abolished privy purses of the erstwhile princely states.
Indira Gandhi, who was hailed as one of the tallest world leaders, was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards at her residence on Akbar Road on October 31, 1984. This came after Operation Bluestar was executed at Amritsar’s Golden Temple, wherein Gandhi ordered the Indian Army to confront Sikh separatists who had taken shelter at the holy shrine.