• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Three senior members of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's ruling Congress Party resigned on Wednesday (2 February) in protest against what they called tendencies towards despotic rule -- in both the ruling party, and the national government.

  • Description

    INTRODUCTION: Three senior members of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's ruling Congress Party resigned on Wednesday (2 February) in protest against what they called tendencies towards despotic rule -- in both the ruling party, and the national government.

    SYNOPSIS: The resignations came only six weeks before the forthcoming general election, and could seriously threaten the Congress Party's election prospects, according to daily newspaper. The three include Agriculture Minister Jagjiwan Ram, who has since come in for strong criticism from remaining Congress Party members.

    One of the others was Mr. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, a former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. Mr. Bahuguna commands a large following in the state and the resignations could mean a split in the party in northern India. The third party member to leave was Mrs. Nandini Satpathy, who resigned under pressure as Chief Minister of Orissa last December.

    The three handed copies of their resignations to Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. Mr. Ram explained why.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWJS7IOXXRY9361VGVR5XQU7Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAWJS7IOXXRY9361VGVR5XQU7Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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