Chandra Shekhar

Chandra SekharChandra Shekhar Singh (born 1 July 1927) was the eleventh Prime Minister of the Republic of India.

From 1962 to 1967, Shekhar belonged to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He had a nationwide padayatra in 1984 to know the country better as he claimed which gave the jitters to Indira Gandhi, the then Prime minister of India.

After his predecessor, V.P. Singh, resigned, Chandrashekhar let a breakaway faction of the Janata Dal, known as Samajwadi Janata Party. The Indian National Congress decided to extend outside support to his government to avoid snap elections, and Chandrashekhar held a bare majority, with both the Communist parties and the BJP . The relationship crumbled quickly, as the Congress party accused Chandrashekhar of spying on Rajiv Singh. The party boycotted parliament and as Chandrashekhar’s faction only had about 60 MP’s, he resigned in a nationally televised address.

Holding the office of Prime Minister for only seven months, Shekhar resigned on March 6, 1991 after the Congress Party withdrew support to him. He remained in office until national elections could be held later that year.

Chandra Shekhar was known for abiding by the parliamentary conventions and was honoured with the inaugural Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1995.

Today, Chandra Shekhar is a member of India’s Lower House of Parliament. He now leads Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya), (Socialist People’s Party (National)). Starting in 1977, he has won election to the Lok Sabha 8 times. The only time he lost was in 1984, when a massive sympathy wave for Indira Gandhi led to a near elimination of opposition Parliamentarians.