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.