September 26, 1997 |
Former Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was formally charged with corruption and criminal conspiracy for allegedly bribing lawmakers to win a confidence vote in Parliament four years ago. Rao is the first former Indian prime minister to face criminal charges. If convicted, he could get a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
May 7, 1997 |
Former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao was charged with bribery for allegedly paying four lawmakers a total of $857,142 four years ago to support his government in a vote of confidence. Rao is the first former Indian prime minister to face criminal charges. Rao and 19 other defendants were ordered to enter pleas at a court hearing May 14. Rao and the others have all denied the charges.
October 11, 1996 |
Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was arrested on forgery charges and immediately released on bail without spending any time in jail, police said. It was the first time any serving or former prime minister has been arrested on criminal charges. Rao was prime minister for five years until his scandal-plagued Congress (I) Party lost elections in May.
May 13, 1996 |
Caretaker Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao reasserted his leadership Sunday as his Congress (I) Party, rocked by election defeat, pledged to join with other secular parties in an effort to bar Hindu nationalists from forming India's next government. "All our forces would be guided by one principle . . . that is to keep communal forces out of power," said External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a powerful Congress leader and Rao ally.
May 11, 1996 |
As Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao resigned Friday, humbled by his Congress (I) Party's greatest electoral fiasco ever, India's politicos searched and schemed to find a successor and a new government. "There is a race for the tape going between parties," said Pran Chopra, a senior researcher at New Delhi's Center for Policy Research, a think tank.
May 10, 1996 |
"I am always better as No. 2," Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao once confided to a friend after being unexpectedly transmuted by assassination and political calculation into the leader of one of Asia's great nations. On Thursday evening, after piloting his Congress (I) Party to a humiliating defeat in national elections, Rao called on Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma and announced he was ready to quit.