The crisis in India's ruling Janata Party has deepened following the resignations of five ministers.?
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Background: The crisis in India's ruling Janata Party has deepened following the resignations of five ministers. Prime Minister Morarji Desai faces a no-confidence vote on Monday (16 July). The government crisis developed because of the resignation of 54 parliamentary members from the Janata Party.
SYNOPSIS: The works and Housing Minister Ram Kinkar and the Minister for Law and Justice Narsingh Jaday added their names on Friday (13 July) to the long list of defections from Prime Minister Desai's government. All five Ministers belong to a Janata faction led by Deputy Premier Charan Singh who is still in Mr. Desai's cabinet.
The splits in the ruling party involve politics, economic policy and allegations of corruption. Second Deputy Prime Minister Jagjoyam Ram will defend the government on Monday when it faces the crucial no confidence motion. The two main opposition parties say they are determined to bring down Prime Minister Desai and today (13 July) forced both Houses of Parliament to adjourn in an angry outburst over a water shortage in Delhi. It's a problem of survival for Prime Minister Desai and the outcome of the no-confidence debate on Monday (16 July) seems far from certain.
One of the uncertainties is former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. She is at present under attack from the Desai's government, and foremost are charges of using her influence and that of her son, Sanjay, to force through key policies when she was in power. Mrs Gandhi's Congress Party has offered to support Mr Charan Singh to form an alternative government if he quits the Janata alliance.