Political Journey

1977 It was my first election and I had humbled A K Subbaiah of Janata Party by a huge margin of 66,000 votes. But, as I had narrated, Congress had suffered a crippling defeat in rest of the country. Even Indira Gandhi lost. Immediately after results were announced, I declared, "I have won the election because of Indira Gandhi. I had sought votes in Indira Gandhi's name and not mine. So I am ready to vacate my seat for Indiraji. Next day, all newspapers carried my statement prominently and it had reached Indiraji also. "Why did you offer to vacate your seat for me? I am not going to contest election from your seat,'' she told me when I visited her to express my gratitude for giving the ticket to me.

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