Indira Gandhi
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"Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi" was the List of Prime Ministers of India/third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until Assassination of Indira Gandhi/her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office.ยง

Indira Gandhi was the only child of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as the Chief of Staff of her father's highly centralised administration between 1947 and 1964 and came to wield considerable unofficial influence in government. She was elected Congress President in 1959. Upon her father's death in 1964, Gandhi refused to enter Congress party leadership contest and instead chose to become a cabinet minister in the government led by Lal Bahadur Shastri . In Congress party parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966 upon the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri/Shastri, she defeated her rival, Morarji Desai to become leader and thus succeed Shastri as the prime minister of India.

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