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Communist Parties-adlacation by Goverment

HE resignation, of S A Dange from of post of Chairman of the CPI on the of the last meeting of the National council has made the process of draft- ig the documents for discussion at the ensuing party Congress beginning on larch 31 easier The drafting had een deadlocked because Dange had been kept out of the drafting committee; and his presence at the last meeting the Central Executive Committee or he National Council would have tused a rift because he, like Indira Gandhi, is unrepentant about the mergency and sees great virtues which hitweigh what the party of late has been terming its "negative features". It may be recalled that the post of rman' in the CPI was created flowing a sharp division in the party ter the 1961 Vijayawada congress, be Soviet delegation leader Mikhail islov barely averted a split by pre- liling upon the moderates to make concessions to the hardliners, with middle-of-the-roaders like EMS amboodiripad vacillating in the last minute. Ajoy Ghosh was the compro- ise general secretary acceptable to and when he died, Narnboodiripad acting general secretary found his work obstructed by the Dange group, he chairmanship was then created as compromise to accommodate the oderates led by Dange. Even so, amboodiripad could not carry on and resigned leaving the job of running the party to an interim secretariat. en though creation of chairmanship Dr. Dange did not avert the split, the first was institutionalised by his faction the party which held its own con- cess in 1964. The CPI was an enthusiastic votary the Emergency; it was only towards be end of 1976 that the general cretary Rajeswara Rao began to weak of the main thrust of the reacs challenge coming not only from outside the Congress but also from side. But its denunciation of the aucus' for the excesses of Emergency thered force only after the March sections, while a powerful section thin the party began pressing for a are forthright repudiation of the lier line. The CPI has now admit- ed that the support extended to the emergency was a folly, and this line certain to be endorsed by the party cogress.

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