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Manmohan, Sonia, Rahul pay tribute to Indira, Patel

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New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid tribute to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.

They paid tribute to Indira Gandhi at the Shakti Sthal memorial site dedicated to her.

The three Congress leaders also paid tribute to former union minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary.

“We pay tribute to Indira Gandhi today (Saturday). A leader with courage and compassion.She protected the poor and died for India,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi said: “My tribute to Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary. One of the founding fathers of our nation,a patriot and a great congressman.”

“His (Patel) contribution to unifying India & guarding against fundamentalist forces will always inspire us,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi said Sardar Patel was truly India’s Iron Man. He believed in a strong, united India where every Indian is equal.

The Congress party on its official tweeter account stated: “We pay homage to Smt Indira Gandhi & Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel today (Saturday).

Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984 by her bodyguards a few months after the Indian Army took action in the Harmandir Sahib, popularly called Golden Temple, in Amritsar as part of a move to counter the insurgency in Punjab.

She held the office of prime minister from January 1966 to March 1977. She also became the prime minister from January 14, 1980 till her death on October 31, 1984.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, called as the “Iron Man of India”, was a political and social leader, who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation.

Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Gujarat’s Nadiad town. He died on December 15, 1950.

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Rajnath Singh demands Congress’ apology, says government vindicated

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New Delhi: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Rafale case, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that with the dismissal of the review petition the NDA government stands vindicated.

In a series of tweets, the Defence Minister demanded that the Congress should apologise for “misleading the people”.

He also termed the allegations of corruption by the opposition “as nothing but an attempt to malign the clean and honest image of Prime Minister Modi and his government”.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the Supreme Court”s categorical dismissal of the review petitions in the Rafale case and with this pronouncement the NDA Government stands vindicated. The SC verdict is also a judgement on our Government”s transparency in decision making.

“The allegation of corruption in the Rafale deal was nothing but an attempt to malign the clean & honest image of Prime Minister Modi & his Government.

“The people of India will not forgive the Congress for their slanderous campaign and calumny. The Congress should apologise for misleading the people.

“The purchase of Rafale jets was done in a completely transparent manner, keeping in mind the urgency to update and upgrade India”s defence preparedness.

“The issues pertaining to defence preparedness and national security should never be politicised.

“The allegations made by certain political parties and their leaders in the Rafale jet purchase were extremely unfortunate, unwarranted and laced with malicious intent.

“The verdict has rightly cautioned such politicians to be careful while making wild allegations,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a review petition seeking a probe into the Rafale deal.

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