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Gulzari Lal Nanda: The second and shortest-serving Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has accomplished eight years in workplace, lately hinted that he was prepared for a 3rd time period. Speaking nearly at a gathering in Bharuch the place beneficiaries of varied central authorities schemes had been assembled, he mentioned a “very senior” Opposition chief had as soon as requested him what else was left for him to accomplish after changing into the PM twice. Modi mentioned he wouldn’t relaxation until “100 per cent” protection of presidency schemes was achieved within the nation.

Modi, 71, is first PM thus far to be born after Independence. In the course of over seven a long time, the nation has seen 15 Prime Ministers, over a journey marked with social, political and financial adjustments. The Indian Express appears at India’s parliamentary democracy by means of the tenures of its PMs.

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Gulzari Lal Nanda, the second Prime Minister of India, has additionally been the nation’s shortest-serving PM. He was sworn in because the PM twice, however in each of his phrases he remained the PM just for 13 days.

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Nanda, who represented Gujarat’s Sabarkantha constituency within the Lok Sabha, was first sworn because the PM after the dying of the primary PM Jawaharlal Nehru on May 27, 1964. Nanda had initially served because the minister for labour and employment within the Nehru Cabinet and was the minister for home affairs on the time of Nehru’s demise. Being the second in command, he was the pure alternative for the highest publish. However, he might proceed in his workplace until June 9, 1964 — the day when Lal Bahadur Shastri took over because the PM.

About one-and-a-half years later, when Shastri handed away at Tashkent on January 11, 1966, Nanda was once more sworn in because the PM. But his tenure once more proved to be transient as he might serve in his workplace solely until January 24, 1966, when Indira Gandhi grew to become the brand new PM.

Both of Nanda’s prime ministerial stints ended after the ruling Congress’s Parliamentary Party elected its new chief.

Born on July 4, 1898, in Sialkot (now in Punjab province of Pakistan), Nanda joined the liberty motion quickly after changing into a professor of economics at National College (Bombay) in 1921. In the course of his participation within the freedom wrestle, he was additionally despatched to jail.

Gulzarilalnanda3 YB Chavan, Gulzari Lal Nanda, and Lal Bahadur Shastri. (Express archive photograph)

Nanda had an extended expertise as an elected consultant — first as a legislator after which as a parliamentarian. As per the data obtainable on the PMO web site, he was elected to the Bombay Legislative Assembly in 1937 and was the parliamentary secretary (labour and excise) to the Government of Bombay from 1937 to 1939.

When the nation grew to become Independent and the Government of India established the Planning Commission underneath the then PM Nehru, Nanda served because the plan panel’s vice-chairman.

Nanda represented the Sabarkantha constituency within the first, second and third Lok Sabha.

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