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From the Archives (November 13, 1969): Prime Minister expelled from Congress

The Congress was irrevocably split into two bitterly hostile camps — each thirsting for the blood of the other — when the Working Committee presided over by Mr. Nijalingappa to-day [November 12, New Delhi] finally expelled the Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi from the Congress and directed the Congress Party in Parliament to elect a new leader in her place. The fateful decision was taken unanimously by the C.W.C. at a three-hour meeting attended by 11 out of the 21 members, after the Congress President and his associates had rejected a compromise formula evolved by the Chief Ministers following a seven-hour discussion last night. The Working Committee resolution expelling Mrs. Gandhi from the Congress accused her of acts of gross indiscipline and outright defiance in setting up a rival working committee and sponsoring a parallel AICC session. The resolution also charged her with inspiring and organising the recent signature campaign directed against the Congress President and attempting to capture the Party machine by pressurising the rank and file and subjecting them to false and misleading propaganda to make them toe her line.

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