17 April, 2021

Sonic Bloom

Demoralised, defunct, doomed, the pundits proclaimed. But the Congress laughs all the way to Parliament. Updates

T. Narayan
Sonic Bloom
Leading from the front

The Gambits

February 16, 2003: Sonia Gandhi's dinner for opposition unity. Invitees: Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda and Laloo Prasad Yadav.

September 23, 2003: The first leader to call on a stroke-hit, forgotten Kanshi Ram in hospital

November 15, 2003: Ram Vilas Paswan, Ajit Singh, and SP and RJD members attend her iftaar.

January 15, 2004: Meets Sharad Pawar at his Delhi residence.

January 15, 2004: 'Opts' out of the PM race, says decision will be consensual

February 6, 2004: Lunch for prospective friends—BSP, SP, NCP, DMK, CPI(M), JD(S) and Chandra Shekhar

February 14, 2004: Meets Karunanidhi and clears DMK in Rajiv assassination

May 12, 2004: Speaks to Deve Gowda on phone, meets Anil Ambani


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