There are some such incidents in world history, which have changed the direction of the winds many times. The incident of 23 June 1980 is such an event in the history of India, which changed all the equations of the country’s politics. Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, died in a plane crash on this day. Sanjay Gandhi was seen as the political successor of Indira Gandhi, but his death completely changed the political winds of the country.
He took off on 23 June 1980 at exactly 7.58 minutes. It is believed that bypassing security rules, three loops were installed over the residential area. Loop means that the plane started going round and round. The fourth loop was about to start when the plane’s engine stopped working. Pitts turned quickly and hit the ground on its nose. After this collision, the new Pitts two-seater aircraft was turned into the wreckage. Deep black smoke was coming out of it.
Somehow the bodies of both were pulled out from the wreckage of the plane. Immediately an ambulance took them to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where both were declared brought dead. It has been 42 years since this accident. But even today the cry of that accident must be reverberating in the ears of the whole family. Something like this was the last flight of Sanjay Gandhi’s life and his last day.
BJP MPs Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi paid tributes to former Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi on his death anniversary on Thursday. Maneka Gandhi, the Lok Sabha MP from Sultanpur, is the wife of Sanjay Gandhi, and Varun Gandhi, the Lok Sabha MP from Pilibhit, is their son. Both the people paid tribute to the former Congress leader by visiting the Samadhi Sthal in Delhi on Thursday morning.
Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of former Prime Minister and Congress leader Indira Gandhi, was born on 14 December 1946. He died in a plane crash on 23 June 1980. Varun Gandhi tweeted, “Today I paid tribute to my late father Shri Sanjay Gandhi on his 42nd death anniversary. He thought far ahead of his time and worked for a strong and self-reliant India. He had the vision to plan for the future and also the power to work on it.
Sanjay died in the crash of Pits S- 2A flight along with his fellow captain Subhash Saxena. Although Saxena was not ready to go on board with him, as he was aware of the fact that Sanjay is not well versed with that plane. In a book on Indira Gandhi written by Sagarika Gosh, it is revealed that even Menaka Gandhi was against Sanjay’s this plane. She has asked Indira Gandhi to stop Sanjay from flying that plane particularly.
When Indira reached the accident spot. She went to the wreckage of the plane twice. She was looking as if she was searching for something. After the death of her son, Indira told Dr. Mathur in a cracking voice, ‘Doctor our right hand is amputated’.