While paying tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that she would have to take rebirths to speak about the entire legacy of the former prime minister.
“I would need a couple of rebirths to tell the whole story of Indira Gandhi,” she told ANI. Along with Sonia, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too paid his respects to Indira. “Remembering Indiraji:a warrior, a revolutionary, a woman of conviction, compassion & sacrifice. My grandmother, my friend, my ever guiding light,” he had said in a tweet.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari also paid their tributes to Indira, India’s only woman prime minister till date. A speech of Indira Gandhi, in which she spoke about the responsibilities in maintaining unity and integrity of the nation as well as protecting the girl child, was also played during the programme at the AICC headquarters. Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Bora, Anand Sharma, Randeep Surjewala and others attended the function.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her. “Tributes to former Prime Minster Smt Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary,” he tweeted.
Born on November 19, 1917 in Allahabad, Indira had been the only child of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms from January 1966 to March 1977 and a fourth term from January 14, 1980 until she was assassinated on October 31, 1984.