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Mamohan to make record of longest PM after Nehru-Gandhi

manmohan singhAgencies, Lucknow
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will set a record of being the first prime minister, outside the Nehru-Gandhi clan to complete two terms in office  successfully.

After first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi, Dr Singh is the first PM of the “non Nehru-Gandhi” clan, who will complete 10 years in office in a successful manner.

Veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Bajpayee will occupy the second position after Dr Singh, who held the coveted post for six years from 1998 to 2004.    After him, P V Narsimha Rao remained in office for five successful years from 1991 to 1996.

Rajiv Gandhi also completed five years stint between 1984 to 1989. Remaining seven PMs, including Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, Chaudhary Charan Singh,Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Chandrashekhar, H D Deve Gowda and Indra Kumar Gujral, failed to complete their term of five years.    Jawaharlal Nehru was appointed as the first PM of independent India by the Governor General in 1947. He served at the post till May 27, 1964 when he died in office, making him the longest serving PM of the country.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was selected as the second PM of the country, while Indira Gandhi remained the third PM from 1966 till March 1977. Morarji Desai, the first Janata Party leader and Charan Singh the first Janata Party (Secular) leader also served at the coveted post. Ms Indira Gandhi was re-elected for the post on January 14, 1980. She served at the position till October 31, 1984 when she was assassinated.

Rajiv Gandhi, son of the late Indira Gandhi, succeeded his mother as the sixth PM in 1984.    V P Singh, the first Janata Dal leader and Chandra Shekhar, the first Samajwadi Janata Party, then occupied the post until the election of P V Narasimha Rao of the Indian National Congress in 1991. He was succeeded by BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1996. H D Deve Gowda and Inder Kumar Gujral also served the post.

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