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India Since Independence by V. Krishna Ananth

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VIII

The Congress Party’s Shift to the Command Mode

The split at the Bangalore session of the AICC, which caused Indira Gandhi to denigrate Morarji Desai, was the outcome of the suspicion that the Old Guard was out to dislodge her and also the result of her political intuition that if she struck a radical posture, she would carry the country and the Congress with her.

— Durga Das, India: From Curzon to Nehru and After

In the previous chapter, we saw the context in which the Congress party underwent a split and Indira Gandhi emerged as the supreme leader of the party. The split, even while rendering the prime minister’s party a minority in both the houses of Parliament, did not help the opposition to unseat Indira from the post of prime minister. ...

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