Congress pays tributes to Rajiv Gandhi

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Youth wing organises blood donation camp

SRINAGAR: To commemorate the 27th death anniversary of former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee organised a ‘Shradhanjli Samaroh’ at PCC headquarters Shahidi Chowk Jammu on Monday.
According to an official statement issued here, several functions in this connection were held across state at different district and constituency levels.
A blood donation camp was also organised by Pradesh Youth Congress on the occasion to mark the day as ‘Balidan Divas’. Around 50 youth Congressmen donated blood in the camp, at Congress HQ Jammu.
PCC Chief G.A. Mir presided over the function which was attended by senior leaders of PCC, DCC, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress and Seva Dal, the statement said.
Paying tributes to Rajiv Gandhi, Mir described him as “an architect of the 21st century who brought about digital India & IT resolution in the country”.
“Rajiv Gandhi was a great statesman and a visioleader who sacrificed his life, like his mother Indira Gandhi, for the sake of nation. The Congress party and Nehru-Gandhi family has a history of sacrifices for the unity and integrity of the nation,” he said.
JKPCC chief criticised the “political vendetta” of BJP and Modi government against Congress party and its leadership “by misleading the people by twisting facts and history”. “Congress party is still strong enough to counter the propaganda and would stage a comeback in future,” he said.
Mir said Rajiv Gandhi lowered voting age for the youth to 18 years, brought Panchayati Raj and reservation to women, SC, ST and OBCs.
Hinting at the early reconstitution of new Pradesh Congress Committee, PCC chief said that party follows the footsteps and vision of Rajiv Gandhi and adequate representation would be given to youth, women and weaker sections of the society at various levels in the party structure.