Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was expelled on Tuesday (3 January) from the Congress Party which she led to defeat in the general elections early last year.
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Background: Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was expelled on Tuesday (3 January) from the Congress Party which she led to defeat in the general elections early last year. The expulsion came 24 hours after mrs. Gandhi split the party by forming a breakaway group with her own supporters.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi resigned last month from the executive of the official Congress party along with seven of the other 20 members. That was her first step towards total separation.
Her move caused the second split in a decade for India's oldest political party. Congress and ruled the country without a break since independence from Britain until Mrs. Gandhi was defeated by the Janata party of prime Minister Morarji Desai. Morale sank even lower when inquiries began into aspects of her Emergency rule.
But Mrs. Gandhi told supporters attending the rebel conference that it gave her no pleasure to break with Congress. She said she had undertaken the venture because Congress had failed to strike out on a new path and build itself up.
The leadership of the Congress party said people associating with Mrs. Gandhi's group would face expulsion from the official organisation. They said claims that the rebels consisted of the true representatives of the party were 'preposterous'.