Rajinder Kumar Dhawan, who handed away on Monday on the age of eighty one, was as soon as a shut confidant of used Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and served the Congress and its leaders in assorted capacities in his long career spanning with regards to 5 decades.
A used Union Minister, Dhawan had been a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and a celebration customary secretary.
A relied on loyalist of Nehru-Gandhi family, he furthermore worked with used Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and used celebration chief Sonia Gandhi.
Dhawan was as soon as a member of Rajya Sabha twice — from April 1990 to April 1996, and July 2004 to July 2010.
Dhawan joined Indira Gandhi as a deepest assistant in 1962 and worked with her till she breathed her righteous. He was as soon as fragment of Indira Gandhi’s innermost circle in the direction of the Emergency (1975-seventy seven) and a look to her assassination in October 1984.
He later acknowledged in an interview that if some notorious things had not came about in the direction of the Emergency, Indira Gandhi score not need misplaced the 1977 customary elections.
Dhawan served as the Minister of Bid (Just Imprint) in the Urban Say Ministry in the P.V. Narasimha Rao govt from September 1995 to February 1996.
He faced Shah Commission, Maruti Commission, Thakkar Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and earnings tax raids and inquiries, and Privileges Committee of Parliament and was as soon as jailed in the direction of the Janata Ranking collectively Government in 1977 on refusal to depose in opposition to Indira Gandhi.
With the Thakkar Commission of Inquiry — plot up to probe Indira Gandhi’s assassination — pointing the needle of suspicion on him, Dhawan in an interview described his facing the panel for four years as the “darkest duration” of his lifestyles and acknowledged he wished he had died with Inidra Gandhi.
Dhawan was as soon as lodged in Tihar Prison at the side of Indira Gandhi by a Resolution of the Lok Sabha on the Epic of Privileges Committee of Parliament, 1978.
Though he did not salvage any wisely-known role in the direction of the preliminary years of Rajiv Gandhi govt, he was as soon as appointed Officer on Special Accountability to the PM in 1989. He later joined politics.
Approachable and communicative, Dhawan had a rugged grassroots charm and sought to defuse a crisis by intense engagement with key players.
Born on July sixteen, 1937 in Chiniot (now in Pakistan), he got his training in Punjab College, Chandigarh. He got married in 2012 when he was as soon as Seventy four.
Dhawan was as soon as elected to the CWC in 1992 and 1998 and served as the All India Congress Committee Now not novel Secretary in the direction of 1996-ninety nine and 2003-04.
The celebration ragged his expertise in drafting manifestos for some ballot-certain states as furthermore in shortlisting candidates for assembly polls.
He was as soon as a permanent invitee to the CWC when celebration President Rahul Gandhi dissolved it earlier this yr before the celebration’s plenary to salvage a steering committee.
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