New Delhi : Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 24th death anniversary on May 21 figures not only on the Congress’ agenda but is also on the Modi government’s antenna.
A circular has gone out from the Home Ministry to all state governments and central secretaries to “organise appropriate programmes” on the occasion. The Congress happily interpreted it as the government fittingly commemorating the death anniversary of its leader, though the circular has nothing to do with Rajiv Gandhi. The confusion arose since Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary is observed as an anti-terrorism day and the circular was reminding all the people concerned only about the anti-terrorism day observed every year.
It reads: “You are requested to organise appropriate programmes, including the pledge-taking ceremony, to observe the anti-terrorism day in a fitting
manner.” The Congress, on the other hand, is organising a remembrance ceremony on Thursday at 6.30 am at Vir Bhumi, where Rajiv Gandhi was cremated.