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The Antulay papers

Antulay kept Indira's Congress going till the media busted the bribery racket in Maharashtra

To persons of a certain age, Abdul Rehman Antulay and Arun Shourie are names that are inseparable. Chief minister of Maharashtra from 1980 to 1982, Antulay was Indira Gandhi’s right hand man who became chief minister after Maharashtra’s youngest leader, a lad called Sharad Pawar, was dethroned. Pawar’s Progressive Democratic Front toppled the Congress government led by Vasantdada Patil in July 1978. The Congress paid Pawar back in the same coin in 1980. Antulay was made chief minister for two reasons: one, he was totally, utterly loyal to Indira Gandhi — he was by ...