Indian Prime Minister Mr. Charan Singh said yesterday (5 August) that he would resign immediately?
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Charan Singh said yesterday (5 August) that he would resign immediately if his new coalition government failed to win a Parliamentary vote of confidence on the twentieth of August. But as Mr. Singh spoke at his home in New Delhi, leaders of the former ruling Janata Party addressed a massive protest rally in the old part of the city, the first of a series to be held before the confidence vote.
SYNOPSIS: Former Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Atal Vajpayee was one of many top opposition leaders attending the New Delhi rally. He was welcomed by some three hundred and fifty thousand Janata supporters, whose party is now in opposition following the setting-up of India's new coalition government nine days previously (July 27) under Mr. Charan Singh.
Mr. Vajpayee announced the beginning of an intensive course of opposition to the new administration, including a series of mass rallies and fasts. Despite the intense heat, his speech was enthusiastically received by the vast crowd.
Also attending the rally was opposition leader Mr. Jagjiwan Ram, who attacked what he called Mr. Singh's government of "defectors and deserters". He urged all members of the Indian Parliament to withdraw their support for the new government. However, Mr. Singh told reporters the same day he was confident of getting the support required to win the vote of confidence, despite recent denunciation of his government by sixteen rebel Congress Party MP's.