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   Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi has refused to divulge... (November 13, 1986)

Mr. Kamlapati Tripathi has refused to divulge what exactly transpired when he went to Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s residence to be sacked by him. Though I do not have all the details, I have some knowledge of what happened, which I now present to you.

Rajiv Gandhi: Ah, Kamlapatiji, so nice of you to have come to see me at my request, putting aside all your busy schedule as the working President of the party.

Kamlapati Tripathi: Whenever my leader has summoned me, I have been available. It was so in Indiraji’s time and it is so now with you. I do not presume to advise you, for that you have enough party brokers, but I would like you to know I am always there and always ready to work for the party.

Gandhi: Yes, that is exactly what I wanted to talk to you about. We think you have been working too hard as working President, especially at your age, and we think you should take a break and resign.‚ÄĚ

Tripathi: But I have not been working as working President, that is my complaint. I mean, how can you have a working President who does not work!

Gandhi: That is right, though you have been a working President, you have not been actually working, so we think you should stop working. Then you will not have cause to complain that you are not working.

Tripathi: I am not complaining, I want to work as working President and not not work as working President, so there is no reason for me to resign as working President, especially as I want to work.

Gandhi: I think the position is quite clear and we are unnecessarily complicating it. we know you can work as working President, but you are not working as working President. So, since you are not working as working President, we think you should not be working President and not work.

Tripathi: No, no, the situation has not been properly explained to you by power-brokers. Contrary to what they may have told you, I do not mind working and being a working President, though no doubt, I would rather work and be a working President but at the same time not mind being a non-working working President.

Gandhi: Kamlapatiji, eventually we have to consider the interests of the party. And it is in these interests that we think you should not be a working President and continue to work, though we would prefer if you did not work and not a working President and not work. Unless, of course, you want to be a working President and work, which will not be in the interest of the party.

Tripathi: I still think I should be a non-working working President rather than not be a President who is not working. Though the best solution would be for me to be a working President.

Gandhi: I think the decision is taken. You had better go home and sent in your resignation.

And, I think, if Mr. Tripathi did not tell the press exactly what had transpired at the meeting, it was because he did not know what had transpired.

 
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