Amit Shah’s Mis­take on Rahjiv Gandhi

The Day After - - CONTENT - Deben­dra Badua, Guwa­hati

Amit Shah al­luded in his in­ter­ven­tion in par­lia­ment to Ra­jiv Gandhi hav­ing an­nounced the ac­cord dur­ing his In­de­pen­dence Day ad­dress to the na­tion next day from the ram­parts of the Red Fort, he does not seem to have read the speech be­cause Ra­jiv Gandhi says the ac­cord was signed “yes­ter­day” (14 Au­gust), then quickly cor­rects him­self to say it was signed in the early hours of to­day (15 Au­gust). Not hav­ing read the speech, Shah mis-states the date of the ac­cord as 14 Au­gust, a par­don­able slip in an or­di­nary hu­man be­ing but not in a rul­ing party pres­i­dent set­ting him­self up on the floor of the House as an au­thor­ity on the “soul” of the ac­cord, lit­tle re­al­iz­ing that the ac­cord was be­tween Pra­fulla Ma­hanta and other lead­ers of AASU on the one side, and the Home Sec­re­tary of In­dia, RD Prad­han, on the other, “in the pres­ence of” Prime Min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi.

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