Friday, 28 February 2020

Important Events Of February – 29

Important Events Of February – 29

Morarji Desai Birthday

Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (29 February 1896 – 10 April 1995) was an Indian independence activist and served between 1977 and 1979 as the 4th Prime Minister of India and led the government formed by the Janata Party.

During his long career in politics, he held many important posts in government such as Chief Minister of Bombay State, Home Minister, Finance Minister and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of India.

Morarji Desai was of Gujarati origin.

He was born in Bhadeli village, Bulsar district, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Valsad district, Gujarat, India) on 29 February 1896, the oldest of eight children. His father was a school teacher

He was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet, until 1969.

He resigned from the Congress during the split of 1969, and joined the INC.

After the controversial emergency was lifted in 1977, the political parties of the opposition fought together against the Congress, under the umbrella of the Janata Party, and won the 1977 election.

Desai was elected Prime Minister, and became the first non-Congress Prime Minister of India.
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