Former CM O Ibobi Singh offering floral tribute to portrait of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Imphal, Manipur on Tuesday Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: In remembrance of India’s youngest premier late Rajiv Gandhi, a floral tribute was held on Tuesday across the country on his 75th birth anniversary.

In Manipur, a solemn function was organised by the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) paying homage to their beloved leader on his birth anniversary at Congress Bhawan in Imphal.

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During the function, floral tributes to the portrait of former PM Rajiv Gandhi were paid in presence of former state chief minister O Ibobi Singh, MPCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei, party MLAs and workers.

Speaking at the event, ex-CM Ibobi Singh said that the former PM is fondly remembered by the people of the country, especially from the state of Manipur because of his futuristic ideas and forward-thinking approach for the nation.

MPCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei planted saplings on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Imphal

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Recalling how he took charged of the office after the assassination of his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi, Ibobi Singh said the Rajiv Gandhi had faced many challenges in terms of internal policy and foreign policy. However, he sailed through it with the support of party senior leaders and workers, he added.

“In commemoration of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi birthday and in respect to his departed soul, and in respect of his leadership, we had a programme of blood donation at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital. After that, we had a meeting mentioning about the significance and ideas that Rajivji involved in his short period of life,” said MPCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei.

The MPCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei also planted saplings on the former premier’s birth anniversary.

Commenting on unnecessary statements made by many, including PM Narendra Modi on Rajiv Gandhi, Gaikhangam said, “That sort of comments showed immaturity and being a prime minister or any positions held in the ruling government, one has to think twice before they speak. What is the use and benefits of condemning the former PM?”

“It has become an unbecoming gesture from their end. I wish this shouldn’t repeat in future,” he added.

A pledge on nation-building and vowed to voice against the socio and economic inequality were also signed by Congress Party workers.

“Let us build an India proud of her independence; powerful in her defence of freedom; strong, self-reliant in agriculture, industry, and, front-rank technology; united by bonds transcending the barriers of caste, creed and region liberated from the bondage of poverty, and of social and economic inequality” read the pledge.

As part of the event, a blood donation camp where over 30 blood donors came forward for the cause, organised by the Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee at RIMS Hospital in Imphal.

After the function, former CM Ibobi Singh, MPCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei, party MLAs and workers marched towards the Palace Compound and planted saplings as part of the occasion.

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