INTRODUCTION The Congress Party's Working Committee met in New Delhi on Tuesday (12 April) to review its losing performance at last month's general elections.
INTRODUCTION The Congress Party's Working Committee met in New Delhi on Tuesday (12 April) to review its losing performance at last month's general elections. Former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi had originally declined to attend the meeting, which began without her. But a delegation of senior members went to her home and she returned to the meeting with them, but left after two hours.
SYNOPSIS: Former Railways Minister, Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi was among the 100 party leaders who attended. They had a state-by-state appraisal of reasons for the party's losing 200 parliamentary seats -- and power -- in the elections.
The responsibility for the defeat was accepted by Mrs. Gandhi in a letter released separately on the same day. She also called for the resignations of the party's entire high command and this course was accepted at the meeting. A full party meeting is to be held in a few weeks and new officials will be elected then.
The crowd outside the building contained staunch supporters who called out their greetings to Mrs. Gandhi when she arrived. In a brief speech she called for party unity and said she would continue to serve the people. Mrs. Gandhi called for quick action to give the party a new image and suggested short-term strategy to fight local government elections likely to held soon in India's 22 states. She was Prime Minister for 11 years and she said she was not interested in finding alibis or excuses for herself over the shattering election defeat.