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August 3, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Cong (U) strife

Jagjivan Ram has been warned that he will be expelled from the Congress (U) if he attends the August 5 meeting of the All India Congress (U) Committee convened by Shyam Dhar Mishra, the recently deposed UP Congress (U) head, and others.

By: Editorial |
August 3, 2021 3:55:19 am
The three Congress (U) General Secretaries, K P Unnikrishnan, Banka Bihari Das, and Ambika Soni have made this clear.

Jagjivan Ram has been warned that he will be expelled from the Congress (U) if he attends the August 5 meeting of the All India Congress (U) Committee convened by Shyam Dhar Mishra, the recently deposed UP Congress (U) head, and others. The three Congress (U) General Secretaries, K P Unnikrishnan, Banka Bihari Das, and Ambika Soni have made this clear. In an answer to a question on whether Ram would be expelled if he attends the meeting, Soni replied, “Yes, anybody who joins the meeting will be expelled. Nobody will be given any special treatment”. Congress (U) President Devraj Urs also threatened disciplinary action against anyone attending the meeting, “even if its Jagjivan Ram”. The aim of the August 5 meeting is to elect a new party chief.

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