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6th March History: Story of Chandrashekhar becoming Prime Minister


Mar 5, 2024

Today i.e. on March 6, in 1991, the country’s 9th Prime Minister Chandrashekhar had resigned from his post. In the elections held after the assassination of Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984, Congress won more than 400 seats with an overwhelming majority under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi, but the tables were turned in the 1989 elections. Despite the noise of Bofors, Congress remained away from majority despite being the largest party. Vishwanath Pratap Singh of Janata Dal became the Prime Minister. He had the support of BJP and Left parties.

Not even a year had passed that Lal Krishna Advani, who was carrying out a Rath Yatra on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue, was arrested by Janata Dal Chief Minister Lalu Yadav in Bihar. After this BJP withdrew support from VP Singh government. The VP Singh government, which came in minority, fell.

Chandrashekhar of his own party separated from Janata Dal along with 64 MPs. He formed Samajwadi Janata Party. Chandrashekhar became Prime Minister with the support of the Congress which Janata Dal had opposed and came to power. But this government also did not last long. Only three months had passed when Congress withdrew support to the Chandrashekhar government. Congress alleged that the government was spying on their leader Rajiv Gandhi. After coming in minority, Chandrashekhar had to resign on 6 March 1991.

After this, fresh elections were held. Congress once again came to power in June 1991. PV Narasimha Rao became the Prime Minister. Chandrashekhar continued to serve as acting PM till 21 June 1991, before Rao was sworn in. Chandrashekhar, born in a farmer family of Ibrahimpatti village in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, was associated with the socialist movement while studying at Allahabad University.

By Openindiatimes.com

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