New Delhi: The nation Friday fondly
remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 93rd
birth anniversary with President Pratibha Patil and Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh among prominent personalities who paid
rich tributes to the leader.
The leaders offered floral tributes at her memorial
Shakti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna.
Besides Patil and Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari,
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar were among those who visited the memorial.
Gandhi, born on November 19, 1917 in the politically
influential Nehru family, was the first woman Prime Minister
of India. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru was a pivotal figure in
the Indian independence movement and the first Prime Minister
of independent India.
After Nehru`s death in 1964, she became a Rajya Sabha
member and was inducted in Lal Bahadur Shastri`s cabinet as
Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
She held three consecutive terms as Prime Minister
from 1966 to 1977. The Congress leader was assassinated on
October 31, 1984 during her fourth stint.