President Sanjiva Reddy of India has ordered fresh elections to be held, and he has asked Premier Charan Singh to continue his caretaker government.
President Sanjiva Reddy of India has ordered fresh elections to be held, and he has asked Premier Charan Singh to continue his caretaker government. The new elections are likely to be held in November. The decision was reported to be most favourable to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had been seeking a snap election after causing Mr. Singh to resign on Monday. She threatened to with-hold her support form Mr. Singh's government in a confidence vote. But she had wanted a national coalition government and not Mr. Singh's party to rule in the interim.
SYNOPSIS: While President Reddy was meeting Party leader and deliberating in the Presidential Palace, motorists were turned away from the gates. The palace was out of bounds to anyone without an invitation.
The Janata party, in particular, waited for President Reddy's decision with interest. It is the largest single party in the parliament, and its leader Mr. Jagjivan Ram was hoping to be called on to form a new government.
The Janata Party President Mr. Chandra Shekhar and General Secretary Mr. Joshi were also at this, one of many meetings held during the complex political manoeuvres of recent weeks. Janata was opposed to the formation of a coalition government and hoped instead for support from Mrs. Gandhi's Congress party in the formation of its own government. But the former premier dashed Mr. Ram's ambitions when she called for snap elections. Without Mrs Gandhi's party's 83-seats in support, Mr. Ram Became unsure of his ability to form a government.