• Short Summary

    THE LEADER OF ONE FACTION IN THE CRITICAL SPLIT IN INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY, THE PARTY PRESIDENT MR.

  • Description

    THE LEADER OF ONE FACTION IN THE CRITICAL SPLIT IN INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY, THE PARTY PRESIDENT MR. S. NIJALINGAPPA, WAS MOBBED BY SUPPORTERS OF PRIME MINISTER MRS INDIRA GANDHI YESTERDAY (SATURDAY). HE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM DEMONSTRATORS BY STEEL-HELMETED POLICE. OTHER PARTY LEADERS WERE ALSO JOSTLED.

    MR. NIJALINGAPPA WAS ARRIVING AT THE CONGRESS OFFICE IN NEW DELHI FOR A MEETING OF THE PARTY'S WORKING COMMITTEE. MEANWHILE, MRS GANDHI WAS HOLDING A MEETING OF THE RIVAL FACTION AT HER HOUSE. BECAUSE TWO OF HER SUPPORTERS HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE WORKING COMMITTEE BY THE PRESIDENT, MRS GANDHI HAD DECIDED TO BOYCOTT ITS MEETING.

    THE CRISIS IN THE PARTY WHICH HAS RULED INDIA FOR 22 YEARS HAS BEEN ON THE BOIL SINCE MR. V.V. GIRI - THE LEFTIST-BACKED OPPOSITION CANDIDATE SUPPORTED BY MRS GANDHI - WAS ELECTED NATIONAL PRESIDENT IN AUGUST.

    BUT THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF THE SPLIT WAS THE OUSTING OF MR. FAKHRUDDIN ALI AHMED AND MR. C. SUBRAMANIAM, BOTH CLOSE SUPPORTERS OF MRS GANDHI, FROM THE PARTY'S WORKING COMMITTEE.

    FEARING THAT SHE AND HER SUPPORTERS WOULD BE IN THE MINORITY ON THE COMMITTEE, MRS GANDHI CALLED THE RIVAL MEETING, AND ALSO DEMANDED A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE POLICY-MAKING ALL INDIA CONGRESS COMMITTEE (AICC) - WITH THE AIM OF ELECTING A NEW PARTY PRESIDENT.

    BUT, IN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, THE WORKING COMMITTEE FLATLY REJECTED THE DEMANDED AS BEING OUT OF ORDER.

    TEN OF THE 21 MEMBERS ATTENDED THE MEETING OF THE WORKING COMMITTEE. THE OTHER 11 ALL THREW IN THEIR SUPPORT WITH MRS GANDHI'S RIVAL MEETING, WHICH WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY SIX STATE CHIEF MINISTERS AND FOUR PRESIDENTS OF STATE CONGRESS COMMITTEES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61AOM2U98N27JQ245UTBI3A19
    Media URN:
    VLVA61AOM2U98N27JQ245UTBI3A19
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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