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NEW DELHI: Captain Satish Sharma, veteran Congress functionary higher often known as Rajiv Gandhi’s buddy and a Gandhi household loyalist, died in Goa following an sickness. Sharma, 73, was a former union minister and a former member of each Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as nicely.
Senior Congress members in addition to younger members paid wealthy tributes to Sharma, who as soon as was a powerful energy centre within the grand outdated celebration by advantage of his proximity to the primary household. His loyalist standing is attested to by the truth that after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, he contested the Amethi LS constituency after which turned the minister for petroleum. His tenure later got here below scrutiny for allotment of petrol pumps as a part of political patronage. In 1999, after he had misplaced Amethi seat to BJP’s Sanjay Singh, he was shifted to Rae Bareli constituency which too was a part of the Gandhi household fief. The man who give up a flying profession to come back into politics turned fairly a excessive flier in Congress regime.
Besides being revered and feared in equal measure within the celebration, Sharma was often known as the person with celebration’s pursuits at coronary heart. He was greatest often known as Rajiv Gandhi’s troubleshooter too. But within the 90s, Sharma additionally drew scrutiny for his opulent life-style that turned large media tales. He returned to highlight when Congress because the chief of UPA returned to energy in 2004 and stayed on prime until 2014, although he by no means made it to the Cabinet. His innings ended when in 2016 he wasn’t given one other time period in RS.

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