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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

June 22, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Presidential Polls

Though an hour-long meeting of the central parliamentary board of the Congress-I unanimously approved the choice of Zail Singh, it was decided that the formal announcement to this effect would be made by the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

By: Editorial |
June 22, 2022 5:00:19 am
Mukherjee's name was approved by the representatives of ten opposition parties after two separate meetings.

Presidential Polls

The Congress-I is believed to have decided to field the Home Minister, Zail Singh, for the presidency against the combined opposition nominee, Hiren Mukerjee, a veteran parliamentarian and scholar. Though an hour-long meeting of the central parliamentary board of the Congress-I unanimously approved the choice of Zail Singh, it was decided that the formal announcement to this effect would be made by the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Most members at the CFB-I meeting rejected the opposition suggestion for a consensus candidate. Mukherjee’s name was approved by the representatives of ten opposition parties after two separate meetings.

The Israeli Invasion

Israeli tank guns, heavy artillery and naval gunboats unleashed a non-stop bombardment of suspected Palestinian positions and mainly Lebanese residential areas in encircled West Beirut in apparent retaliation for the ambush of an Israeli patrol. The Palestinian Liberation Organisation said that “a heavy artillery bombardment supported by naval gunfire” continued through the night and the morning, causing “many Palestinian casualities”.

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Corruption In Dhulia

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