• Short Summary

    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY'S WORKING COMMITTEE HEADED BY PARTY PRESIDENT SIDDAVAHALLI NIJALINGAPPA, HELD THE FIRST OF TWO MEETINGS AT WHICH IT WAS DECIDED THAT PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI AND HER SUPPORTERS SHOULD BE EXPELLED FROM THE PARTY FOR 'GRAVE INDISCIPLINE'.

  • Description

    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY'S WORKING COMMITTEE HEADED BY PARTY PRESIDENT SIDDAVAHALLI NIJALINGAPPA, HELD THE FIRST OF TWO MEETINGS AT WHICH IT WAS DECIDED THAT PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI AND HER SUPPORTERS SHOULD BE EXPELLED FROM THE PARTY FOR 'GRAVE INDISCIPLINE'.

    THE 11-MAN COMMITTEE'S DECISION IS THE RESULT OF AN EVER-WIDENING SPLIT WITHIN THE CONGRESS PARTY'S RANKS WHICH CULMINATED IN MRS. GANDHI'S SUPPORT LAST AUGUST OF WINNING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE V.V. GIRI - AGAINST THE OFFICIAL PARTY CANDIDATE.

    THE WORKING COMMITTEE IS NORMALLY MADE UP OF 21 MEMBERS - BUT MRS. GANDHI AND HER NINE SUPPORTERS BOYCOTTED THE MEETING.

    NO FORMAL DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY'S MEETING - BUT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE COMMITTEE FORMALLY CHARGED MRS. GANDHI AND HER SUPPORTERS WITH 'GRAVE INDISCIPLINE', AND CALLED FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY CONGRESS PARTY TO ELECT A NEW LEADER IN PLACE OF THE 52-YEAR-OLD PRIME MINISTER. IT IS REPORTED THAT THIS IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN, AND OBSERVERS FEEL THAT AT TOMORROW'S MEETING OF THE PARLIAMENTARY PARTY THEY WILL GIVE MRS. GANDHI A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.

    IN THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY PARTY TREASURER S.K. PATIL, MRS. GANDHI WAS ACCUSED OF A "BASIC AND OVERRIDING DESIRE TO CONCENTRATE ALL POWER IN HER HANDS". THIS, HE ADDED, PLACED THE COMMITTEE IN THE POSITION OF HAVING TO REGRETFULLY REMOVE MRS. GANDHI "FROM THE PRIMARY MEMBERSHIP OF THE CONGRESS FOR HER DELIBERATE ACT OF DEFIANCE.....AND BY HER OTHER ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS SPREADING INDISCIPLINE IN THE CONGRESS ORGANISATION".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MIXJZGMDRVM8NNWGVL5CLUWI
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MIXJZGMDRVM8NNWGVL5CLUWI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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