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Indira Gandhi died and left a ‘living corpse’ to me, said Pranab Mukherjee after Rajiv Gandhi was made the Prime Minister!

Politics is a brutal game of mind, money and muscle power. Probably the game worst in the world where there is no space of emotions or even honesty and worthiness. Hundreds of people have lost their well being in the game of politics.

India after independence should have changed for good, but the biggest curse to Indian politics and the Nation itself was the Nehru-Gandhi family. Probably India would have been equivalent to America or Japan or any developed Nation if the country was in the right hands. Unfortunately, India was betrayed by the selfish, crooked politicians who left no stone unturned to loot the country in every way possible.

The power to Gandhi-Nehru family was not got by hard work but it was more of a mind game played with the people of India. First it was Nehru then Indira after her Rajiv and then Sonia who ruled from behind holding a puppet shield.

Sardar Patel, Dr B R Ambedkar, Lal Bahudur Shastri were some of the most deserving candidates who lost opportunity to rule the country because of the Dynastic politics of Nehru-Gandhi family.

Pranab Mukherjee of the Congress party was one more person who missed the opportunity of becoming the Prime Minister of India. Ipsita Roy Chakraverti in her book describes how Pranab Mukherjee was abandoned by Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi after the death of Indira Gandhi.

It was the time after the death of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee were in Bengal when they got the news of the assassination of Indira Gandhi. It was on October 31, 1984, when the news came and the entire country was shocked with the assassination of the PM. Condolences started to pour in to Rajiv and every member of the Congress who were close to Indira. Pranab Mukherjee by late evening started to receive congratulatory messages that he will be the next Prime Minister of the country.

Many people in Congress believed that Pranab was a very respected man and one of the close confidant of Indira Gandhi, an able minister who had mastered the art of politics and governance. He was a person with better ability than anyone in Congress after Indira Gandhi. People in Congress party and in governmnet found it very easy to interact with him and found him to be the best choice for the Prime Minister’s post.

Pranab was also expecting the Congress to reward him with PM post. But what happened was exactly opposite. The anti Pranab gang in the Congress party got the news that Pranab was expecting the PM post, so they immediately informed Rajiv and Sonia about the development. By night, the team supporting Sonia and Rajiv announced that Rajiv Gandhi will be the next Prime Minister of India.

Pranab Mukherjee himself supported the move and finally Rajiv was declared PM. But the bigger jolt to Mukherjee came when Rajiv Gandhi dropped him from his cabinet. Rajiv Gandhi is said to have humiliated Pranab Mukherjee many times in front of his colleagues and ministers.

As described in the book, while Pranab and a few colleagues were walking to the Central Hall, Rajiv had turned to Pranab and said, “Just look. A few days ago crowds of MPs would be following you. Today, there’s not one. What a change.”

Instances like this made Pranab Mukherjee distance himself from Rajiv Gandhi. One day Pranab had himself told with heavy heart that “that Indira had died and left him a “zinda laash”, a “living corpse”.

Some how Pranab Mukherjee was never Sonia or Rajiv’s favorite. The only reason was they always felt intimidated by his presence. It felt like Pranab Mukherjee knew everything and better than Rajiv Gandhi. Even during Manmohan Singh’s government, Pranab Mukherjee was isolated because he was one man who voiced his opinion against Sonia Gandhi. Although he received no support, Sonia always felt his presence will harm her. Exactly the reason Sonia nominated him for the President’s post and kept him away from government. It is said that he was very much against few decisions taken by Sonia Gandhi which resulted in massive scams.

Source : http://www.dailyo.in/politics/rajiv-pranab-mukherjee-indira-gandhi-assassination-beloved-witch-returns/story/1/7446.html


Aishwarya S

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