Priyanka Gandhi pays an emotional tribute to papa Rajiv Gandhi: 'You will remain my hero'

New Delhi, May 21: Congress party general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has tweeted an emotional message for her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who, she says, will always remain her hero.

Priyanka has posted a touching tribute on the death anniversary of her father Rajiv Gandhi today. Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, "You will always be my hero" along with an adorable picture where she is seen hugging father Rajiv Gandhi fondly.

She has posted this image with famous lines from Harivansh Rai Bachchan's immortal poem Angnipath next to it. Priyanka was just 19 when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991.United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka also paid floral tributes to the late prime minister on his death anniversary at Veer Bhumi this morning.Priyanka's husband Robert Vadra was also present with the Gandhi family and also paid obeisance.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former President Pranab Mukherjee paid homage to the former prime minister.Born on August 20, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi had represented Uttar Pradesh's Amethi parliamentary constituency four times.A recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi served as the sixth Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the assassination of his mother, then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam suicide bomber during an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.He was cremated at Veer Bhumi, located on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to the twitter handle and paid his tribute to the former prime minister. There were a lot of backlashes when PM Modi, during the last leg of campaigning had called Rajiv Gandhi, "bhrashtachari'. There was criticism even from his own party men who felt that a martyred former prime minister should not be spoken bout so lowly. 

Political leaders across all party lines have sent their condolences.