The Executive of India's ruling National Congress Party has backed the decision of Prime Minister Mrs.
The Executive of India's ruling National Congress Party has backed the decision of Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi to declare a state of emergency.
At their meeting in New Delhi on Monday (14 July) -- which was attended by Mrs. Gandhi -- the executive passed a resolution saying the emergency became unavoidable because of serious developments that had taken place in the country.
The resolution also referred to India's difficult and complex economic situation. The Opposition Movement against the Government had led to a general deterioration of law and order and encouraged anti-social elements.
This was the first meeting of the Executive since the emergency was declared on the 26th of June. And besides Mrs. Gandhi, it was attended by her senior cabinet ministers, top party leaders and some chief ministers.
The Executive also passed a resolution welcoming the Prime Minister's package of economic measures to help the rural and urban poor.
On the same day as the Executive met, the Supreme Court of India delayed Mrs. Gandhi's appeal against conviction for electoral malpractices for one month until the 11th of August. If the judges uphold the conviction it would bar her from public office for six years.
SYNOPSIS: The New Delhi headquarters of India's ruling National Congress Party with Executive members arriving for an important meeting at the weekend.
Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi was there when the Executive backed her decision to declare a state of emergency.
Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Mr. Jagjivan Ram attended with other members of the Executive for their first meeting since the emergency was declared last month.
Also there was the Minister of Defence Mr. Sardar Swaran Singh, together with party leaders and some state chief ministers. The Executive said the emergency became unavoidable because of serious internal developments.
Mrs. Gandhi declared the emergency on the 26th of June. And the Executive resolution called India's economic situation complex and difficult. They said opposition against the Government led to a deterioration in law and order and encouraged anti-social elements.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Gandhi's appeal against conviction for electoral malpractices has been delayed until the 11th of August.