In India on Wednesday (28 December), the former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, attended a?
In India on Wednesday (28 December), the former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, attended a flag raising ceremony, one of a number of celebrations to mark the 93rd anniversary of the Congress Party. Her appearance at the ceremony came at a time when she is planning a rival party convention which observers say could lead to the setting up of a break-away party.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi's attendance at the ceremony came as a surprise to the leaders of the Congress Party, which was the government of India until its defeat in the general election last March.
Only the day before, the leader of the Congress Party, Mr. Brahmananda Reddi, had denounced the rival party convention that Mrs. Gandhi is planning for next week. The convention follows the resignation of seven supporters of Mrs. Gandhi from the party's top policy making committee, a move which Mr. Reddi had in mind when he told party members to stay united.
Mr. Reddi's plea to stay united was not a reaction to a new situation. For the past three months the Congress Party has been divided by serious infighting among two factions.
On one side, leading figures in the Parliamentary opposition are trying to restore the party after its massive election defeat.
On the other, the party's rank and file are being courted by Mrs. Gandhi's supporters who say the Congress Party is being badly led.