The Janata Party treasurer, C B Gupta, bowed out of the leadership contest on “technical grounds”, naming the erstwhile Congress For Democracy (CFD) leader, Raj Mangal Pandey, as the pro changers’ candidate for the chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh.
Forty Years Ago, January 19, 1979: The situation in the troubled areas of Ahmedabad remained quiet but tense indicating that the worst is possibly over after three days of violence during which two persons were killed in police firing, The Indian Express reported.
The Manipur valley area was declared a disturbed and dangerous area under the Armed Forces (Manipur and Nagaland) Act and the army was called out to assist the civil administration in dealing with the law and order situation.
On July 5, 1978, the Janata Party moved a step further towards a split when the Central Parliamentary Board (CPB) asked Haryana Chief Minister Devi Lal to step down for his refusal to dissociate himself from the July 17 rally.
Prime Minister Morarji Desai had reportedly stated that he cannot spare Vajpayee from the government. General secretary of the Janata in Parliament, Digvijay Narain Singh, said Desai told him that Vajpayee could not be spared for party work.