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JD (S) to vacate Cong Bhavan in B’lore:SC

Janata Dal (Secular) has been directed by the Supreme Court to hand over by 31 December this year a property in Bangalore to Congress, ending an over 20-year-old legal battle between the two parties for the Congress Bhavan.

An SC bench directed JD(S) to give an undertaking within a month stating that it would vacate 3, Race Course Road, Bangalore, by the stipulated date, will pay the entire arrears of rent within three months and continue to pay rent without default till it hands over the property to Congress.

It became a bone of contention between the two parties after the 1969 split of Congress into Congress (J) and Congress (O).

The Election Commission had held Congress (J) was Indian National Congress, a view later upheld by the apex court in 1981. The Janata Party, which had been formed in 1977 through amalgamation of Congress (O) and some other political parties like Lok Dal headed by Charan Singh, Jana Sangh led by AB Vajapayee and Congress for Democracy led by Jagjivan Ram, defeated INC in the general elections that year.
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