24 September, 2020

Kesri Declares War

BUT,CAN HE WIN THE BATTLE?

Kesri Declares War
outlookindia.com
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IT was shortly after 9 am. President Shankar Dayal Sharma was in a particularly relaxed mood, engaged in playful banter with his grandchild, and looking forward to a day of leisure. But the peace was short-lived. An aide approached the President and hesitantly told him that Congress chief Sitaram Kesri wanted to see him urgently. "Can't it wait?" the President retorted. No. Kesri had insisted on a meeting. With a sigh, Sharma told the aide to fix an appointment at noon.

When Kesri finally called on the President, he came to the point immediately. The Congress, he said, had decided to withdraw support to the Deve Gowda-led United Front (UF) Government. The President tried to dissuade the Congress leader. Had he thought of the consequences? Kesri was adamant—he had taken a decision and would not climb down. Rashtrapati Bhawan aides say the President was perturbed for long after the 10-minute session with Kesri. He went over Kesri's letter once again, only to realise that the reason stated in the three-page missive—that the UF...

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