The month of May has started by being a trying one for Congress this years.?
The month of May has started by being a trying one for Congress this years. Corruption in the inner circles, trouble in Orissa, and last, but not least, the announcement of retirement by Prime Minister Nehru. He is regarded as the soul of Congress.
Prime Minister's announcement came as a great shock to all parties and set in motion strong movements to prevent it. While Mr Nehru was being asked to seriously re-consider his intention of retiring trouble flared up in Orissa, where Congress maintains a very meagre foothold. It was found necessary to bring in troops to maintain law and order.
Members of the working committee listened to a report presented by Mr U.N. Dhebar, President of Congress, while Mr Nehru sat quietly in a corner, a tired man, reading attentively the verbatim report of the President's speech. At the back sat Mr Krishna Menon, anxiously discussing a point with Mrs Indra Gandhi, Nehru's daughter. Among the delegates was Mr Pratap Singh Kairon, Chief Minister of the Bunjab, who is fighting back against accusations by members of his own party. He is also the subject of an enquiry by Congress.