The two-day national conference of the Youth Congress was expected to influence the proceedings of the AICC session in Guwahati on November 21 and 22. Sanjay Gandhi and the Youth Congress chief Ambika Soni were accorded a rousing reception on their arrival and taken taken in a procession to Yuva Nagar through the decorated 22-km route from the airport. In contrast, Mrs Gandhi’s arrival was a quiet affair. A record 8,000 Youth Congress delegates had assembled for the conference and their massive rally was expected to emphasise the important role to be played by the youth in the affairs of the organisation and the party.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi left for Guwahati to spend her 59th birthday among the tribals of Khonsa in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito, in his greetings wished Mrs Gandhi “constant success in your tireless work for the progress and welfare of the people of India”.
A 22-member united opposition party has come into being in the Karnataka assembly. Announcing this in the house, speaker, K.S. Nagaratnamma, said she had accorded recognition of the party, which has members belonging to the Congress (O), Maharashtra Ekikiran Samiti, socialists and independents.
Tribute To Mukesh
Pakistani singer Mehdi Hasan said the death of Mukesh has “rent asunder the hearts of all music lovers and fans in the subcontinent”. He wrote a letter to Amritsar Doordarshan to ask the authorities to convey his condolences to Mukesh’s family. “It is a great loss not only to the Indian film industry but to humanity,” he said. “Time is the best healer of the gravest injury… but Mukesh’s sweet, eloquent and heart-warming songs shall always remain alive,” he said.