Leaders of India's Janata Party met at the home of Party leader Jagjivan Ram on Saturday (30 November) to select candidates for the January national elections.
Leaders of India's Janata Party met at the home of Party leader Jagjivan Ram on Saturday (30 November) to select candidates for the January national elections. The meeting ends speculation that Mr Ram is intending to leave his party to join forces with former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. And the Janata Party's election manifesto was announced. It is a 67-page document promising a socialist cure for India's problem.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Ram...seated left of Party President Chandra Shekgar and former Prime Minister Moraji Desai...has long denied the rumours saying he plans to defect. There have been other problems for the Janata Party. It ruled for 28 months until it split last July. After a bitter internal power struggle Mr Desai - on the right - was ousted.
The new manifesto ... being studied here by former foreign Minister Bihari Viajpayee...promises a more united and prosperous future. The Party's leaders are offering a stable and effective Government, favouring the poor...about half India's 650 million people live below the poverty line.
The manifesto also condemns authoritarianism and dynastic dictatorship ... a reference to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi. Mr. Ram ... the Janata Party leader... says he wants to see greater democracy ...
Mrs Gandhi published her Party's Manifesto the following day (1 December). In it she says her Party ... the Indian National Congress ... would bring back stability to the sub-continent. Mrs. Gandhi was voted out of office in 1977... but now could win the elections in January. Like Mr. Ram she too believes India's economic and social problems can be solved only through democratic means ...