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Rajiv Gandhi wanted to make ND Tiwari PM after Bofors scandal, got a clear answer

After the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the year 1984, a period of upheaval started in the country’s politics. After Indira’s assassination, her son Rajiv Gandhi sat on the PM’s chair. After the coronation of Rajiv, the displeasure of many veteran Congress leaders also came to the fore. On the pretext of Rajiv’s less experience in politics, he was targeted. But in the Lok Sabha elections held in a few months, he created history.

In these elections held under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress got more than 400 seats. On the other hand, in the year 1984 itself, Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari became the Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh, but he had to leave the chair in no time. Tiwari was counted among the big leaders of North India and he was feared even among ‘Babus’. It was said in the political corridors that he himself used to check all the files that came in front of him and used to mark with a red pen if there was a mistake.

Narayan Dutt Tiwari was one of the leaders close to Rajiv Gandhi. This was the reason why Rajiv wanted to hand over the Prime Minister’s chair to ND Tiwari after his name in the Bofors scam in 1986. DP Nautiyal has mentioned this in his book ‘Narayan Dutt Tiwari – A Life Story’. Nautiyal writes, ‘After the ruckus on Bofors, Defense Minister VP Singh had resigned. Now its heat had reached the Prime Minister. Big leaders of Congress advised that Rajiv Gandhi should resign from his post for two-three months.

ND Tiwari had refused: Opposition parties were besieging Rajiv Gandhi on this issue from Parliament to the road. Meanwhile, the claimants of who should be made the Prime Minister for two-three months came to the fore. One was Narasimha Rao and the other was ND Tiwari. Rajiv did not want Rao to be made the Prime Minister as it could have eroded the Congress vote in North India. So he chose ND Tiwari. When this matter was put before ND Tiwari, he did not agree at all.

Presenting his clarification, ND Tiwari had said that Rajiv Gandhi should not resign from the post of Prime Minister, if this happens then it will send a wrong message to the public. People will think that Rajiv is trying to run away from the crisis. However, this happened later and Rajiv Gandhi decided to continue in the post. In the 1989 elections, the Congress had to bear the brunt of the opposition wave created by the allegations of scam, the seats were reduced and VP Singh became the Prime Minister of the country with the support of BJP.


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