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CWC chickened out from a move a topple govt: Gadgil - The Economic Times

Posted By Ashok V Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in)
1 February 1997

Title : CWC chickened out from a move a topple govt: Gadgil
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Publication : The Economic Times
Date : February 1, 1997

Did the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest policy-making
forum of the Congress, chicken out from a move initiated to topple
the Deve Gowda government ?

According to the senior Congress spokesman, Mr V N Gadgil, some
members of the CWC had indeed strongly advocated an operation
'topple' on the lines of the one conducted by the then Congress
president, the late Mrs Indira Gandhi for bringing the Charan Singh
government down.

However, this adventurous course of action was not favoured by
others in the CWC, and the idea fell through, he said here today,
without naming the members, who had mooted the move.

Speaking at a meet the press session organised by Mumbai Marathi
Patrakar Sangh here, Mr Gadgil said his party needed at least a
year to prepare itself for a snap poll, and as such it would not
withdraw its support to the United Front till then. He, however,
qualified this statement saying that the Congress would not
hesitate to pull the rug under the Gowda government if it took any
major step that went directly against the Congress party's basic
ideology.

Mr Gadgil said that the members of the United Front government were
often seen working at cross purposes, as a result of which the
government was simply drifting.

He pointed out that the national economy had slowed down after the
United Front took over the reins of the country, and predicted a
major fiscal crisis in the next four months. "We (the Congress)
decided to support the United Front government only because we did
not want the country's voters to be burdened with another election
immediately after the poll. But I don't thing this government will
last much longer," he said.

The party spokesman refused to comment on Mr Sharad Pawar's
reported statement that the Congress was likely to support Mr
Mulayam Singh Yadav's party in Uttar Pradesh for forming a
government there. "We have had out, experience with 'both Mulayam
. Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram. We must therefore move with caution
in such matters," he said.

Mr Gadgil said the proposed meeting of the senior Congress leaders
at Mount Abu in mid February was expected to discuss a range of
issues, including the organisational matters before the party,
electoral politics, foreign policy and economic issues.

Replying to a question, Mr Gadgil expressed concern over the
increased activities in Delhi's diplomatic circles, and said the
current grapevine there had it that embassies of four leading
nations in the West had decreed who should be India's prime
minister after the last general election. "A powerful foreign
lobby has lately been active in these mattes," he said.



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