July 11, 1979, Forty years ago: Lok Sabha members resign
LS Members Resign
Morarji Desai’s government was neck deep in trouble tonight with as many as 27 Lok Sabha members having resigned from the Janata Party. A little before midnight the ruling party’s strength in the Lok Sabha had come down to 274 in a House with an effective strength of 538. Six more resignations from the ruling party could reduce Desai’s government to the status of a minority government. Desai’s government is already facing a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on which discussion will begin tomorrow. The crucial voting on the no-confidence debate will take place on Monday, but much before that Desai will have to weather the raging storm in the Janata Party.
An undisclosed amount of money, including 2,800 US dollars in bills of various denominations, was seized from the Gulmohar Park house where Laldenga, president of the banned Mizo National Front (MNF), was arrested on July 8 morning. Sources in the Central Intelligence Bureau said that three more houses, including one in Sarojini Nagar, a government employees’ colony, were raided in the pre-dawn Sunday swoop. Among the documents seized in the raids, it is said, were letters from some foreign sources received by Laldenga at various addresses in Delhi and other places. Sources said that a number of places were being kept under surveillance following reports that of late some youths from Mizoram had been visiting Laldenga’s “friends and relatives”.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has ordered the reinstatement of the commander of the country’s military police, Brig. Gen. Amir Rahimi. BBC’s Teheran correspondent describes the move as a humiliating reversal for the government of Premier Mehdi Bazargan, which had ordered the general’s dismissal. An aide to the Ayatollah in Qom told the correspondent that “When Ayatollah Khomeini orders. no one has the right to refuse.”