INTRODUCTION: Burying their differences, India's Opposition parties have mounted a unified challenge to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for next month's general election.
INTRODUCTION: Burying their differences, India's Opposition parties have mounted a unified challenge to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for next month's general election. Mrs. Gandhi's supporters and allies face contests in nearly all constituencies.
SYNOPSIS: The Anti-Moscow Communist Party of India, the C.P.I.M., has been allocated a major role in West Bengal. it is contesting 29 of the 42 seats there. One of the candidates for the C.P.I.M., is Mr. Som Nath Chatterji. His party, along with powerful regional parties has the support of the Janata grouping of the major Indian Opposition parties, and also the Congress for Democracy Party -- an opposition breakaway group from the ruling Congress Party. Mr. Jyoti Basu, the leader of the C.P.I.M. Party attended Mr. Chatterji's rally.
Mr. Basu has been quoted as saying he fears the ruling Congress Party might rig the polls. He ??? the wind was strongly in favour of the Opposition parties. The leader of the Janata Opposition grouping, Mr. Morarji Desai, has said that if brought into power his first act would be to life the emergency declared 20 months ago by Mrs. Gandhi which has kept the country under her iron rule ever since.
The C.P.I.M. took its propaganda into the market place to the peasants. Most of the 320 million voters who go to the polls from March the 16th to March the 20th will be presented with a simple choice for or against Mrs. Gandhi....but her party has been barnstorming the country seeking re-affirmation of Congress Party support, and has visited far flung parts of West Bengal.