President Pranab Mukherjee admitted to “have sensed Rajiv’ Gandhi’s growing unhappiness and hostility” of those around him before he was ousted from his Cabinet.
He also said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had extended his support for the construction of the temple.
Nalini was sentenced to death by the trial court in the case on January 28, 1998. Her sentence was commuted to life term by the Tamil Nadu Governor on April 24, 2000.
The statue — wrapped in the tricolor by local Congress leaders — was taken away by the administration to the district secretariat complex.
The judgment is a setback to J Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu which had in February 2014 decided to release all the seven convicts in the case.
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Last year, the Delhi government had moved a plea in the Supreme Court to issue a directive for completion of the two expressways in a time-bound manner.
General Rodrigues said he was not bothered by an author who wanted to sell some extra books by raking up a controversy. He insisted that he was speaking out to uphold the facts.
Sonia declared that she would canvass for the Congress in the parliamentary polls due in March 1998, even though she had tersely refused to do so two years earlier.
An RTI query by The Indian Express revealed that two stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, launched by the Department of Posts in December 2008, have been discontinued.
The government now plans to introduce stamps under a new series featuring Deendayal Upadhyaya, Jayaprakash Narayan, Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Ram Manohar Lohia in the coming months.
According to CIA documents of the era, Gandhi wanted non-interference from both the United States and the then USSR.
The event was to mark the 71st birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday. These are the only statues of Indira and Rajiv in the city.
In keeping with the central circular, Rajiv’s name was also missing in circulars issued by the General Administration Departments in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.