Madhavsinh Solanki, a veteran Congress chief and the previous External Affairs Minister of India, who additionally served because the Chief Minister of Gujarat for 4 instances, handed away on the age of 93 on Saturday. Congress’s longest-ruling chief minister in Gujarat, Solanki was final seen in public some three years in the past when he met Congress leaders on his birthday
A former journalist, Solanki is understood for having led the Congress to its largest-ever victory profitable 149 of 182 seats within the legislative meeting in 1985. This turned a document that no chief has been in a position to break. Solanki rose to energy on the KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslim) coalition he stitched within the 1980s. He is credited because the proponents of KHAM, a principle that united these communities in help of the Congress when the Patels had deserted it, and that is claimed to have saved the Congress in energy within the state
Solanki who belongs to Borsad in Anand district, lived in Gandhinagar and died at his residence throughout his sleep, Congress sources stated
An astute politician, Solanki was a member of the legislative meeting of the Bombay state in 1957-60 after which of the Gujarat legislative meeting from 1960-68. He turned the chief minister of Gujarat for the primary time in 1976. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 1994, throughout which he held the portfolios as union minister of Planning (1988-89) and exterior affairs (1991)
He was once more elected to the Rajya sabha in 1994. Solanki has been the president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee 3 times. His son Bharatsinh Solanki can be a former union minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to condole Solanki’s demise. “Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji was a formidable leader, playing a key role in Gujarat politics for decades. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. Saddened by his demise. Spoke to his son, Bharat Solanki Ji and expressed condolences. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.
“Beyond politics, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji enjoyed reading and was passionate about culture. Whenever I would meet him or speak to him, we would discuss books and he would tell me about a new book he recently read. I will always cherish the interactions we had,” the prime minister added.
Beyond politics, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji loved studying and was captivated with tradition. Whenever I might meet him or converse to him, we might talk about books and he would inform me a few new e-book he not too long ago learn. I’ll all the time cherish the interactions we had.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 9, 2021
In 1981, when the higher castes led by Patels agitated for 2 months in opposition to his authorities and the OBC reservation, Solanki met then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. “When Harijans were attacked in Gujarat, Mrs Gandhi asked me about it. She heard my side of the story and said, ‘This is unjustified agitation. Don’t submit.’ She was so supportive of my stand that she arranged to send special police forces in special planes from neighbouring states when Harijans were attacked by upper castes. In early 1982, I could bring back peace for a while.”
In the Narasimha Rao authorities, Solanki was Foreign Minister. He kicked up a row when, throughout a go to to Switzerland in 1992, he allegedly met the Swiss overseas minister and informed him that inquiries into the Bofors scandal in India had not produced any end result, and that politics was behind the Indian request for help within the probe.