New Delhi: Former Indian prime minister Chandra Shekhar, who served briefly during a period of political turmoil, died on 8 July from a blood-related illness at the age of 80, a report said.
Shekhar was suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell and died in a hospital in New Delhi, after being ill for three months, PTI reported.
The socialist politician became the eleventh prime minister of India in 1990 after splitting from his Janata Dal party and formed an unsteady coalition government under a new party that collapsed within eight months.
During his term, Shekhar staunchly opposed economic liberalisation, which was finally initiated by his successor Narasimha Rao in the early 1990s.
India’s current premier Manmohan Singh, who was the finance minister in Rao’s cabinet, was instrumental in pursuing the first phase of the country’s economic reforms after decades of strict government controls.
Shekhar -- an eight-time member of parliament -- wanted to be identified as a leader of the masses.