The Congress parliamentary party (CPP) meeting went on expected lines, with all members unanimously reaffirming their support for Indira Gandhi. A five-paragraph resolution passed by the 516-member body said that Indira’s leadership was “now all the more necessary” because she “symbolises the resurgent India of today and the aspirations of the people”. The party reiterated its ‘‘fullest faith and confidence” in her and claimed “her continued leadership as prime minister is indispensable for the nation”. Five members of the CPP did not attend the meeting. They objected to using the word “indispensable’’, though they were willing to affirm their faith in Indira’s leadership. The five members were Chandrashekhar, Krishna Kant, Mohan Dhaxia, Laxmikanthamma and Ram Dhan. The report said the reaffirmation of the CPP was the result of sedulous and concerted efforts of the Congress chief ministers, Central ministers and the Congress president.
That CIA bogey
A vacation bench judge of the Allahabad High Court ordered three persons to appear before a division bench to respond to charges of contempt of court, which they had allegedly committed by claiming that Justice J.M.L. Sinha’s order annuling the prime minister’s Lok Sabha election was plotted by the CIA.
Rally for PM
The All India Congress Committee placed an advertisement inviting people to “join in thousands” a “people’s rally” at the Boat Club lawns in New Delhi to be addressed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 20.
No place for JP
The Socialist Unity Centre (SUCI) alleged that the West Bengal government refused to grant accommodation to Jayaprakash Narayan at the circuit house in Suri. JP is expected to address a SUCI youth rally on June 20.