New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today paid homage to former
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 26th death anniversary at
her samadhi at `Shakti Shthal` here.
Vice President M Hamid Ansari, Congress president and
NAC Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, party General Secretary Rahul
Gandhi and Speaker Meira Kumar also paid floral tributes at
Devotional songs were played as the leaders assembled
at seating area at the Sthal after paying their tributes to
the late leader who was assassinated by her bodyguards on
October 31, 1984.
Rich tributes were also paid to the former Prime
Minister in Mumbai and in Chennai.
Former Union Home Minister and `Iron Man of India`
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also remembered on his 135th
birthday anniversary in Delhi and in Mumbai.
In Delhi, the Prime Minister paid floral tributes at
the portrait of Patel at the Central Hall of Parliament House.
The Lok Sabha Speaker along with several union ministers and
members of Parliament were also present.
At the state secretariat in Mumbai, Congress president
Kripashankar Singh and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
(MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre led the party in paying homage to
the leaders at their respective party offices.
In Chennai, senior Congress leaders, including TNCC
President Thankgabalu, paid homage to Gandhi at the party
At the NCP office, office bearers organised a function
in memory of the two leaders and offered floral tributes.