Digital Desk, New Delhi. From the film world to the common people, the stories of friendship are very famous. But when it comes to politics, the stories of friendship between leaders of different or the same party are hardly seen to be famous. But, it’s not impossible. On the occasion of Friendship Day, know the stories of friendship of some such politicians which are still heard and narrated in the political corridors.
The friendship of both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narasimha Rao was very strong. Tales of friendship between both the leaders are heard a lot in the streets of politics. Both were from different party and the ideology of both the leaders was also different. Yet the two leaders did not hesitate to seek each other’s help or praise each other.
Narasimha Rao’s unfinished work completed
There was an unfinished work of former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, which was completed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The matter is in the year 1996, Congress was defeated in the elections and BJP had become the single largest party. Narasimha Rao was happy that Vajpayee had become the Prime Minister. When the oath ceremony had started Narasimha Rao came to Vajpayee ji and said that “now is the time to complete my unfinished work”. This was the unfinished business of nuclear testing. Which Rao could not accomplish when he was the Prime Minister. When I saw the friend holding his chair, it was also expected that he would complete the unfinished work. Atalji also met the test of friendship by conducting nuclear tests. Two days after Narasimha Rao’s funeral in 2004, Vajpayee arrived to pay tribute to his old friend. In this program, he called his friend the ‘true father’ of the nuclear program. Vajpayee further said that in May 1996, a few days after becoming the Prime Minister, ‘Rao had told me that the bomb was ready. I exploded it just by moving it.’
Pakistan was defeated by two friends together
This is on February 27, 1994, when Pakistan submitted a proposal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Playing his trick, he condemned India for the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The clouds of crisis were deepening over the Narasimha Rao government. The problem before India was that if this resolution was passed, India would have to face tough economic sanctions of the UNSC.
Narasimha Rao was facing challenges from many sides at that time. The then PM Narasimha Rao took the matter into his own hands and meticulously formed a team to represent India in Geneva. It is said that in times of crisis we always remember our friends and Narasimha remembered his Atal. He immediately formed a delegation, which included Vajpayee, the then Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, E. Ahmed, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Hamid Ansari. Vajpayee ji was the leader of the opposition at that time and it was not a trivial matter to include him in this team.
After this Narasimha Rao and Vajpayee started contact with liberal Islamic countries. It was Rao and Vajpayee who arranged for the invitation of ambassadors from the influential six member countries of the OIC and other Western countries to New Delhi. On the other hand, Atal Bihari Vajpayee prepared Indian-origin merchant Hinduja brothers in Geneva to negotiate with Tehran. Vajpayee succeeded in this.
Countries that were expected to be in support of Pakistan on the day of voting on the resolution withdrew their hands. Indonesia and Libya withdrew from the resolution passed by the OIC. Syria also distanced itself from Pakistan’s proposal, saying it would look into its revised draft. On 9 March 1994, Iran sought the passage of the amended resolution after consultations. China also supported India. After losing its two important supporters China and Iran, Pakistan withdrew the offer at 5 pm and India won.
Sanjay Gandhi-Kamal Nath
Whenever Kamal Nath’s political journey is written, then one name will definitely come in it and that name is that of Sanjay Gandhi. The friendship between Sanjay Gandhi and Kamal Nath can be gauged from the fact that once upon a time this slogan was quite famous – Indira Ke Do Haath, Sanjay and Kamal Nath. Indira considered Kamal Nath as her third son. Kamal Nath Doon was very close to Sanjay since his school days.
The incident after which Kamal Nath came closer to Sanjay
Sanjay Gandhi was arrested by the Janata Party government formed after the Emergency. Sanjay was kept in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, but Indira started worrying about his safety in jail. When Kamal Nath came to know about Indira’s fear, he found a unique way. When the matter was being heard in the court, Kamal Nath made a ball of paper and threw it on the judge. He was also sent to jail for this crime. This is what Kamal Nath and Indira wanted as well. Since then, Kamal Nath became one of Indira Gandhi’s most trusted confidants.
The story of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa and Sasikala’s friendship is quite interesting. IAS officer Chandralekha, close to the then CM MG Ramachandran, became the source of friendship between Jayalalithaa and Sasikala. Sasikala’s husband Natarajan was Chandralekha’s associate at that time. He got both of them to meet by asking Chandralekha. In fact, Sasikala wanted to shoot a video of Jayalalithaa, a close aide of the CM. The first meeting in connection with the shooting of the video turned into a close friendship between the two.
In 1988, Sasikala came with the family to Jayalalithaa’s house and started living with her. Gradually, Sasikala became a confidante. Sasikala’s role in party related decisions also increased. Sasikala was responsible for the expulsion and appointment from the party. Experts say that the responsibility of looking after Jayalalithaa’s property was in the hands of Sasikala and her husband Natarajan.
Both Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia started their political career with Congress. Both were known as youth leaders in the Congress. Both Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia are very good friends. Recently, Sachin Pilot also played this friendship with Scindia. In the by-elections just held in Madhya Pradesh, Sachin Pilot held nine meetings in Scindia’s stronghold Gwalior-Chambal, but he did not speak anything against Scindia in a single meeting. When the media questioned him, he said that he had come to do the work of his party. At the same time, Scindia said that they are doing their work and Congress theirs. Sachin Pilot was not speaking against Scindia. The only reason behind this was that Sachin Pilot kept friendship above politics. After Scindia’s joining BJP, there have been speculations of Sachin leaving the Congress.
Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty both belong to the Bengal film industry. Both are young MPs and are quite modern too. Both are the pride of the Bengal film industry, but both came together in politics. Incidentally, both of them won the Lok Sabha elections simultaneously from the same party (TMC). When both of them reached Parliament together after the first victory, all eyes were fixed on them. In the Parliament of the tradition of sari and suit, both of them reached in jeans top. Trolling of these leaders with almost the same dress and similar style also took place. After this Nusrat Jahan has often been trolled about her marriage, her religion. And Mimi has often come to his rescue.