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From the Archives (November 14, 1969): Cong. Parliamentary Party splits

The Congress Parliamentary Party to-day [November 13, New Delhi] broke up into two rival groups which held separate meetings – one to reaffirm its continued faith and confidence in Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s leadership and the other to chalk out its action programme for repudiating her and electing a new leader. The first group, consisting of an over whelming majority of Congress M.Ps., met this morning in the high-domed Central Hall of Parliament – as the official Congress Parliamentary Party with Mrs. Gandhi in the chair – to contemptuously reject the Working Committee’s directive and proclaim themselves as the real Congress which was truly representative of the people. The other group – a relatively feeble gathering of not more than 60 or 70 M.Ps. – met at Mr. Morarji Desai’s residence later in the evening to settle the mechanics for the election of a new leader in pursuance of the Working Committee’s directive and also for staking its claim to be the authentic Congress Party in Parliament.

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