Former PM VP Singh passes away

Former PM VP Singh passes away

Former PM VP Singh passes away

Vishwanath Pratap Singh, former Prime Minister of India, breathed his last in the Apollo hospital in Delhi today.

He had formed a coalition of the Left and BJP to dethrone Rajiv Gandhi in the 1989 elections and played the Mandal Commission reservation card a year later that irreversibly changed the course of Indian politics, bringing to the fore the power of backwards and Dalits in electoral politics.
The 77-year-old Raja of Manda, a sobriquet he earned because of his origins in the principality of Manda in Uttar Pradesh’s Fathepur, entered politics in Allahabad during the Nehru era and soon made a name for his rectitude.

VP Singh resigned as Defence Minister in 1987 and took on the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by quitting Congress on the issue of Bofors scandal.


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