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Top congress leaders lost to tragedies

india Updated: Sep 04, 2009 00:45 IST
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is among many high-profile leaders the Congress has lost in two decades.

The common thread connecting the leaders — former PM Rajiv Gandhi, central ministers Madhav Rao Scindia, Rajesh Pilot and now Rajasekhara Reddy — was they were snatched in the prime of their political career.

In September 2001, Scindia, 56, died in a plane crash while on his way to Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.

Scindia had earned the reputation of being one of country’s most sophisticated politicians.

In June 2000, Rajesh Pilot, 55, died in a road accident at Bhandana in his Dausa parliamentary constituency in Rajasthan.

An IAF fighter pilot turned politician, Pilot was a rising star in the Congress.

Rajiv Gandhi was just 46 years old when he was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in May 1991 while campaigning in the general elections that year.