Lucknow: At this time the election of the new National President of Congress is in the headlines. There is also speculation about nomination or voting in political circles. An interesting incident of the election of the President of Congress itself is from Uttar Pradesh which happened in the 60s. At that time outgoing Chief Minister Chandrabhanu Gupta had lost even after ‘winning’ the election for the post of UP Congress President. It’s about 1964. The election of the president of the UP unit of Congress was to be held. Chandrabhanu Gupta felt that as promised, the Congress high command would ask him to take over the post of Congress President again.
In 1960, Chandrabhanu Gupta also won the election of the state president with a huge vote. When he did not get any signal from the leadership, he again decided to contest for the post of President. The high command did not like this and signaled Kamlapati Tripathi to contest the election. Kamalapati Tripathi was at that time the Finance Minister in the government headed by Sucheta Kriplani in the state. Chandrabhanu Gupta has also written in his autobiography ‘Safar Kahin Ruka Nahi, Jhuka Nahi’ that in the voting held on 12 May 1964, Chandrabhanu got 318 votes and Kamalapati got 311 votes. Chandrabhanu won the election by 7 votes. The bewildered opponents complained to the central leadership that there had been disturbances in the election.
Congress national president Kamaraj declared invalid the votes of those Congressmen who were government quota holders since 1961. Gulzari Lal Nanda, special of PM Jawaharlal Nehru, was entrusted with the responsibility of resolving the dispute. Based on Nanda’s report, Chandrabhanu’s votes were reduced to 307 and Kamalapati’s to 310 and even after ‘winning’, Chandrabhanu lost the election by 3 votes. Chandrabhanu’s complaint came that about 150 votes were cast which were not valid, but his complaint had no effect.