For being unaware that Gandhi wanted party dissolved

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday mocked the Congress members in the Assembly, saying they were not even aware of the history of their party and Mahatma Gandhi’s suggestion to dissolve the Congress.

Ms. Jayalalitha came to the Assembly with “The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-Volume 90” and read out the draft constitution of the Congress penned by the Father of the Nation, suggesting dissolution of the party.

The draft constitution, the Chief Minister said, was finalised on January 29, 1948, a day before his assassination and it was released on February 2, 1948 by AICC general secretary Acharya Jugal Kishore.

Ms. Jayalalithaa gave this explanation to counter the argument of the Congress members S. Vijayadharini and J.G. Prince that Gandhi had never made the suggestion.

When Municipal Administration Minister K.P. Munusamy on Monday recalled Gandhi’s proposal, the two Congress members questioned its authenticity.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said she remained silent on Monday, because she did not like to speak on the issue without any proof.

She said the collected works were published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the foreword was written by Indira Gandhi.

“Though split into two, India having attained political Independence through means devised by the Indian National Congress, the Congress in its present shape and form, i.e. as a propaganda vehicle and parliamentary machine, has outlived its use,” the Chief Minister quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying in the Draft Constitution.

She went on to quote: “India has still to attain social, moral and economic independence in terms of its seven hundred thousand villages as distinguished from its cities and towns. The struggle for the ascendency of the civil power over military power is bound to take place in India’s progress towards its democratic goal. It must be kept out of unhealthy competition with political parties and communal bodies. For these and other similar reasons, the AICC resolves to disband existing Congress organisation.”

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