27 January, 2021

'Pv's Affair Upset Indira'

Extracts from Jalagam Vengala Rao's autobiography:

'Pv's Affair Upset Indira'

On Mrs Gandhi's alleged remarks against Narasimha Rao: "I never came across such an inefficient and indecisive leader. I made him chief minister, believing senior colleagues like Kandubhai, Tripathi, Uma Shankar Dixit, that he would provide efficient administration in the state.  "PV has done nothing except flirting around with Lekshmikanthamma. If she asked him to sit, he will sit and if she asked him to stand, he will do so. This in spite of being rather old and having five grown-up daughters and three sons. I did like the character. His eldest son used to frequently come and complain to me. I used to feel sad about the whole affair and pity the boy. 

"Once Lekshmikanthamma came to me and told me that if I was willing to make her the chief minister, PV will give his consent. I felt enough is enough and should not see their faces again. Only after that incident have I taken the decision to entrust you (Vengala) the job of chief ministership."

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