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Upholding Ideology of Male Domination

Bajpayee and A R Mallu, all Gandhi's emissaries this time, who had earlier held discussion with the legislators right in the Raj Bhawan told them at the CLP meeting that "S N Sinha was the nominee of the high command" and "you have to accept him as fait accompli". Jagannath Mishra also advised the members to honour the wishes of the high command, since the main demand for removal of Azad had been conceded. Azad then proposed Sinha's name as the new leader of the CLP. No other proposal naturally was put forward and the 'unanimous' election at the "orders of Rajiv Gandhi'' was over It would be pertinent to point out at this stage that since an overwhelming majority, 140 out of the total of 189 Con- gress(I) MLAs had demanded Azad's ouster as early as in January Azad should himself have resigned the moment it became known that he did not enjoy the majority support in the CLP. In such a situation, going by the constitutional provisions and requirements of parliamentary democracy, a simple meeting of the CLP was all that was needed to elect a new leader. But, the Congress(I) style of democracy does not permit these democratic practices.

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