Curtains on ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s parliamentary stint after over 3 decades : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Curtains on ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s parliamentary stint after over 3 decades

Curtains on ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s parliamentary stint after over 3 decades

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh



Tribune News Service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, April 2

It is finally curtains on the eventful parliamentary career of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who retires from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after six terms and a stint of 33 years that witnessed his phenomenal rise to the position of India’s Prime Minister.

From adviser to PM

A prime example of lateral entry into the government, globally acclaimed economist Manmohan Singh rose from the post of economic adviser in 1971 to that of PM in 2004

54 MPs retire in 2 days

  • Nine Union Ministers are among 54 MPs retiring from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Terms of Mansukh Mandaviya, Dharmendra Pradhan, Purushottam Rupala, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, V Muraleedharan, Narayan Rane and L Murugan ended on Tuesday
  • Those of Bhupender Yadav, Ashwini Vaishnaw will end on Wednesday
  • BJP has renominated Vaishnaw and Murugan to the RS; all other ministers are contesting LS elections
  • Congress’ AM Singhvi, SP’s Jaya Bachchan, RJD’s Manoj Jha, BJP’s Prakash Javadekar too retired

Singh (92) was first elected to the House of Elders in October 1991 soon after he assumed charge as Union Finance Minister in June that year. A prime example of lateral entry into the government when such switches were few and far between, leading economist Singh’s first engagement with the Union Government was as economic adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Trade between 1971 and 1972.

There was no looking back for the Gah-born economist who broke barriers to chart an exceptional career, surprising colleagues and critics alike. Soon after his maiden assignment with the government in 1971, Singh found himself elevated as chief economic adviser to the Ministry of Finance until 1976, steadily rising up the ladder through the subsequent years to become—Director, RBI (1976-1980); Secretary, Ministry of Finance (1976 to 1980); RBI Governor (1982 to 1985); Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission (1985 to 1987) and Adviser to the PM on economic affairs (1990-1991).

Singh’s political break came on June 21, 1991, when then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao handpicked him to serve as Union Finance Minister when India was struggling with the balance of payment crisis. Just before elevation as the Finance Minister, Singh was serving as the UGC Chairman in 1991. It was after this appointment that Singh was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in October 1991. He remained a RS MP from Assam and later Rajasthan.

Widely credited with economic liberalisation that unleashed India’s growth potential, Singh continued to transition from a suave economist to a deft politician, gaining the confidence of Sonia Gandhi, who assumed charge as Congress president in 1998. She tasked Singh with the role of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from 1998 to 2004 and when it came to vacating her claim over prime minister-ship in May 2004, she handpicked Singh to become India’s Prime Minister, a post in which he served from May 22, 2004, to May 26, 2014, when the Narendra Modi-led BJP dislodged the Congress-led UPA from power.

Singh was never elected to the Lok Sabha. He had contested the South Delhi parliamentary poll in 1999 as the Congress candidate, but lost to BJP stalwart VK Malhotra. Bidding farewell to the veteran parliamentarian in the last session of the RS, Modi had hailed Singh’s role in strengthening the Indian democracy.

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh #Rajya Sabha


Top News

Indians can now get multiple entry Schengen visa with longer validity as EU eases norms

Indians can now get multiple entry Schengen visa with longer validity as EU eases norms

European Union's ambassador to India Herve Delphin describes...

SAD announces 2nd list of candidates for Lok Sabha seats in Punjab; fields Harsimrat from Bathinda, Ranjit S Dhillon from Ludhiana; Hardev Saini from Chandigarh

SAD announces 2nd list; Harsimrat Badal to contest from Bathinda, Hardev Saini from Chandigarh

Candidate for Khadoor Sahib not announced by Sukhbir Badal s...

Mahinder Singh Kaypee quits Congress, joins Shiromani Akali Dal

Former Punjab Congress chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee joins SAD

Sukhbir Badal visits his place

Lok Sabha poll: Congress announces 2 more candidates for Punjab; fields Yamini Gomar from Hoshiarpur

Congress announces 2 more candidates for Punjab; fields Yamini Gomar from Hoshiarpur

The party has fielded Amarjit Kaur Sahoke from Faridkot Lok ...


Cities

View All