March 7, 1991 |
Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar resigned in anger Wednesday, accusing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his political party of betrayal and making new elections a virtual certainty. Shekhar, a veteran politician but a novice in the top circles of government, served three months as head of a minority government in India, the world's largest democracy.
May 25, 1999 |
Ending a leadership crisis for India's main opposition party, Sonia Gandhi announced Monday that she will remain at the helm of the Congress Party. "She has reconsidered her decision [to resign] and agreed to continue as Congress president," senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.
May 25, 1996 |
There was a time when politics in India was the Congress, and the Congress was politics. The Indian National Congress party was the locomotive powering the independence struggle, political instrument of luminaries such as Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The party ultimately marshaled one of the world's most diverse populations--landlords and poor peasants, Hindus and Muslims, Brahmins and untouchables--and mitigated and reconciled their demands.
April 12, 1997 |
Opening the door for possible new elections in India's increasingly fragmented democracy, Parliament on Friday roundly rejected Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, a peasant farmer who served only 10 months at the head of a fragile coalition government. India's long-ruling Congress (I) Party withdrew its support from the center-left government, and Gowda lost a vote of confidence by a lopsided margin before India's lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha.
January 13, 2004 |
Hoping to benefit from an economic boom and an improving image abroad, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party decided Monday to seek early elections. The BJP's national executive ended a two-day meeting with a unanimous resolution calling for the move. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, 79, signaled that the voting could take place by April.
May 14, 2004 |
Sonia Gandhi, the woman who Thursday staged one of India's memorable electoral comebacks, is a reluctant politician with a distaste for the rough and tumble of politics. Gandhi is said to have threatened to divorce her husband, Rajiv, after he decided to enter politics to succeed his assassinated mother and former prime minister, Indira Gandhi. After Rajiv's assassination in 1991, Sonia Gandhi became a virtual recluse. She avoided Indian politics and tried to shield her two children from it.