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Even in death, this rumour does not leave Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Today, one of India’s tallest political leaders, Atal Bihari Vajpayee departed on his final journey at the age of 93. However, even in his final hours, the usual suspects were caught using him, to shower adulation on the first family of India: The Gandhis. Now, even after his death, a rumour is being replanted.

This rumour is that Atalji had referred to Indira Gandhi as Durga. Senior journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted this soon after the news of Vajpayee’s death broke:

Social media users also reported that some TV panellists also used this line:

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Other portals also claimed the same:

This rumour had surfaced earlier as well, on Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary. The fact of the matter is, Vajpayee had never called Indira Gandhi “Durga” and had himself used every possible platform to deny this

In the above video, Vajpayee explains how this line was attributed to him by the media, and how he had denied it from day one. Finally, when an author carried out researched on this, by looking into all the records, it was proved that he had never uttered the phrase.

Vajpayee ends the explanation in a lighter vein by saying: “lekin abhi bhi durga mere peeche hai” (Durga is still chasing me). His words from then, are true even today, after his death. At least now, people should respect his soul and stop this false propaganda, which they might be using, to again glorify the Gandhi family, using Vajpayee.

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