gfiles magazine

August 12, 2016

Raja nahi, fakir hai

Vishwanath Pratap Singh started his term as the country’s Prime Minister with a splendid example of ‘value-based’ politics. The newly elected MPs of the Janata Dal, a total of 143 in a Lok Sabha of 543 seats, had gathered to elect their leader and the seventh Prime Minister of India. VP Singh who had spearheaded the onslaught against Rajiv Gandhi, with Bofors as his lethal weapon, was generally considered the ‘natural leader’ of the new party, but he had a rival who was set on taking the crown: Chandra Shekhar. The meeting started with VP Singh proposing the name of Devi Lal for leadership, and Chandra Shekhar at once seconded it.

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