By Rasheed Kidwai (for Info only, not official)

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By Rasheed Kidwai

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    ...On July 24, 1985, Sant Harchand Singh Longowal had signed the Punjab Accord with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Less than a month later he was dead, gunned down as he stood, head bowed in prayers. In ‘Time Present & Time Past: Memoirs of A Top Cop’ (published by Penguin) Kripal Dhillon, a former top cop who was director-general of police when the Shiromani Akali Dal president was killed at the height of the insurgency in Punjab, has questioned the “motive” behind Longowal’s assassination. Kripal Dhillon has accused senior Congress leader Arjun Sungh (now dead) of playing a “dubious game” to scuttle the accord. Arjun Singh was then Governor of Punjab and the state was under President’s rule. ...

    ABP on Jan. 16, 2017, midnight

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    ...In despair, a number of middle rung leaders such as Digvijaya Singh, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Vayalar Ravi and Kamal Nath had approached ‘apolitical’ Sonia Gandhi with a plea: “You can’t allow the collapse of the Congress in front of your eyes.” The tardy progress of the investigation into Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, the declining fortunes of the Congress and the attack on the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty’s legacy had weighed in heavily on Sonia’s decision to join active politics. Sonia viewed the Congress as an extension of her love for Rajiv and the country she had chosen to live in. Sonia chose December 28, 1997, the 112th anniversary of the Indian National Congress, to campaign for the party in the general election that had by then been announced. Incumbent AICC president Sitaram Kesri had not expect her to participate in the campaigning. ...

    ABP on Dec. 10, 2016, midnight

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    ...With the passing of a politician who became a larger than life legend in her lifetime, it would be appropriate to look back at the rise of the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, in the world of movies and then in politics. ...

    ABP on Dec. 8, 2016, midnight