Open clash at CPP meeting

The simmering inner party differences erupted into an open clash between the supporters and opponents of Mrs. Gandhi at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting this evening [August 6]. The meeting, called to hear appeals from the Prime Minister and the Congress President to vote for Mr. Sanjiva Reddi in the Presidential election, ended in heated arguments and shouting over the propriety of a Congress member, Mrs. Tarakeswari Sinha writing an article in a newspaper attacking the Prime Minister. The issue was raised by Chowdhry Nitiraj Singh amidst shouts of protest from a section of the Party, but Mrs. Gandhi allowed him to continue to read from the article in the face of opposition from even the Congress President, Mr. Nijalingappa. Mrs. Gandhi did not agree with Mr. Nijalingappa that such issues should be left to him to be dealt with at leisure. “These are matters which could not wait to be brought to the notice of the President,” she is understood to have told Mr. Nijalingappa in an angry tone. She felt that the article in question was an instance of serious breach of discipline and said “to brand any senior member of the party as a Communist is an insult to the party.”

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