Rao fends off party dissidents
Monday 29 March 1993
A strong faction of party members, led by the powerful Human Resources Development Minister, Arjun Singh, is critical of the Prime Minister's failure to prevent thousands of Hindu militants from destroying a mosque at Ayodhya in December and for not stopping a wave of religious violence that erupted after the mosque was torn down. At the conference, the dissidents failed to muster the strength to force a vote on whether Mr Rao should be allowed to keep his post as party president while serving as Prime Minister.
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