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How Chandra Shekhar’s resignation news first reached PM Modi

espite ideological differences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have deep admiration for socialist icon and former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar. At a book release function at the Parliament auditorium, Modi said that “though Chandra Shekhar ji passed away 12 years ago, his commitment to the poor and downtrodden continues to inspire me”.

The Prime Minister said: “Chandra Shekhar’s clarity of thought, even on the complex issues was matchless.” In a conversation on Chandra Shekhar’s various interactions with him, PM Modi shared a few interesting incidents, probably for the first time in an open house.

Remembering an important date in contemporary political history (March 6, 1991), when Chandra Shekhar resigned as Prime Minister amid a political upheaval in New Delhi, Modi revealed to the packed audience that on the day when everyone was guessing the fall of the government in the Capital, it was a sheer coincidence that he was the first to receive the call of Chandra Shekhar, informing him about his decision.

“I had gone to Nagpur to organise a programme for Atal ji and Advani ji. Chandra Shekhar ji used to regard Atalji as a guru and was eager to share the information (about his resignation) with guru ji. However, on that day, Atal ji’s flight reached late in Nagpur. By the time Chandra Shekhar ji called, Atal ji had not reached the venue, so I had to finally took the call. Chandra Shekhar ji then told me to inform about Atal ji about the decision,” recalled Modi about an interesting episode of how Chandra Shekhar’s resignation news first reached him.

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