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   I do not know what category Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde's resignation... (February 7, 1990)

I do not know what category Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde's resignation falls in. some politicians resign in glory, some in shame. A few resign for tactical reasons.

Mr. Om Prakash Chautala resigned in shame. He clung to his underserved position as lonmg as he could, then, when the writing was not only in the wall but embossed on it and there was little else he could do, he resigned.

Mr. A.R. Antulay resigned in shame. He was charged and prosecuted in courts and the person in whose name, and perhaps with whose approval, he had indulged in his criminal acts, had abadoned him.

But Mr. M.D. Chagla, Mr. C.D. Deshmukh, they resigned in glory and the people honoured them for their resignations. Nobody asked them to resign, they did so because they could not compromise their principles. Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri also resigned on a principle, assuming the moral responsibility, assumin the moral responsibility for a train accident while he was the railway minister. These days, railway ministers demonstrate their moral responsibility by visiting the scene of a train accident, unless they are busy with more important matters in Kashmir.

Some politicians resign quietly and go back into private life, others cannot because they have no private life. Their whole life is politics.

Mr. Morarji Desai never resigned, he has finally retired. The one time he was out of politics and a ministerial job, it was when Mrs. Indira Gandhi had dismissed him… sacked like an ordinary government servant, was the way he put it himself. Mr. Y.B. Chavan also never resigned, he only changed sides.

Mr. Nehru offered to resign often, but he was never allowed to. I see nothing wrong in this, I think he was quite sincere about his offers, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi would never offer to resign, because he knows there are enough people in his party who would immediately accept his resignation.

When Mr. V.P. Singh resigned from Mr. Gandhi's cabinet, these was neither glory not shame attached to it. He resigned in order to become a prime minister, which he has become. Mr. M.J. Akbar's case is similar to that of Mr. V.P. Singh. He resigned from a top position in journalism (the other journalists who resigned failures) to become a prime minister one day. And he will also, you take my word for it. First, the Congress would come back into power, then he'll become home minister, then prime minister.

So we return to Mr. Hegde. Has he resigned in honour or in shame? I do not know - and, in any case, it was not much of a job he has resigned from, deputy chairman of the planning commission. There is also one other point: he has not, resigned on the phone-tapping issue, he has resigned on the land deal issue.

 
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