Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary on Monday.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehruji on his death anniversary. We remember his contributions to our nation.”

 

Gandhi, the 48-year-old Congress chief and the great-grandson of Nehru,  took to Twitter to pay tributes, “On his death anniversary, let us remember Jawaharlal Nehruji’s contribution in building strong, independent, modern institutions, that have helped democracy survive in India for over 70 years.”

 

Top Congress leaders including Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes to Nehru at Shanti Van in New Delhi.

Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari, too, paid tributes at Shanti Van.

An all-religion prayer meeting was organised at the memorial premises.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, too, paid tributes to Nehru.

“Homage to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on his death anniversary,” the TMC chief wrote on Twitter.

 

In his tribute, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot credited Nehru with laying the foundations of modern India.

“My humble tributes to Pt #JawaharLalNehru on his death anniversary. He laid the foundations of modern India and rooted the democratic ethos in the country. His scientific, rational temper shaped the future of our premier institutions,” Gehlot wrote on Twitter.

 

Born in Allabahad on 14 November 1889, Nehru became India’s first Prime Minister in 1947 and held the post till his death on 27 May 1964.