Mr. S. Nijalingappa has been ousted from the Presidency of India's ruling Congress Party at?
Mr. S. Nijalingappa has been ousted from the Presidency of India's ruling Congress Party at a weekend political meeting by nearly 500 pro-Gandhi supporters. The Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who presided at the meeting wept several times when she recalled her "expulsion" from the party by Mr. Nijalingappa who described the meeting of the All-India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.) as "illegal". He has been replaced by Mr. Chidambaram, whom he dismissed from the party executive last month.
The 494 of the 705 Congressmen who attended, also declared Mrs. Gandhi was still a Congress Party member and therefore "continues to be party leader in parliament."
The two-day meeting has annulled all the decisions of the original Party chiefs taken during the height of the Party power struggle.
With the election of Mr. Subramaniam, there are now in India two Congress Presidents, two groups of Party Executives, two Congress Parties in Parliament, and two All-India Congress Committees. It is also expected that before long there will be two parallel Congress organisations in several states as well.
And the fight is not yet over. The battle for the vote-winning Congress' name and the party symbol of two yoked bullocks, is still to come. The decisions rest with the election commission.
MR. Nijalingappa and his supporters, who describe themselves for the present as "organisation Congress Party", are bound to fight hard. They already lead the Opposition to Mrs. Gandhi government in Parliament.