500,000 supporters of the rightwing Hindu nationalist Jan Sangh Party held a rally in New Delhi on Thursday (12 August).
500,000 supporters of the rightwing Hindu nationalist Jan Sangh Party held a rally in New Delhi on Thursday (12 August). It was the culmination of 12 days of Jan sangh demonstrations aimed at pressuring the government into recognising Bangla Desh. The leader of the party, Atal Behari Vajpayee, accused his country and the Soviet Union of stabbing Bangla Desh in the back. He was referring to a joint Indo-Soviet statement issued in New Delhi, before Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko left for Moscow. During his five-day visit, Mr. Gromyko signed a 20-year Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation.
Mr. Vajpayee said that the Indo-Soviet statement issued on Wednesday night, contained no mention of Bangla Desh or East Bengal. One paragraph in the communique said that India and the Soviet Union were of the firm conviction that there could be no military solution to the East Pakistan problem. Mr. Vajpayee said that the statement is concerned with all the people of Pakistan and amounts to support for the indivisibility of Pakistan. He called on his supporters to prevent the "Moscow-New Delhi conspiracy" from succeeding against "the millions of freedom-loving people of Bangla Desh."
SYNOPSIS: In New Delhi on thursday an estimated five-hundred-thousand demonstrators staged a mass march and rally in the capital. Organised by the rightwing Hindu Nationalist Jan Sangh Party, the activities marked the culmination of twelve days of jan sangh demonstrations aimed at pressuring the government into recognising Bangla desh. The rally took place shortly after the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko left New delhi for Moscow.
The demonstrators carried banners and shouted slogans in support of bangla Desh and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the East Pakistan Awami League leader detained by the Pakistan government. He has been held incommunicado in West Pakistan, after he was captured in Dacca, the eastern capital, on the twenty-sixth of March, as President Yahya Khan's troops moved to crush a secessionist rebellion -- which was to give rise to Bangla Desh.
The principal speaker at the rally was Atal Behari Vajpayee, leader of the Jan Sangh Party. referring to a joint Indo-Soviet communique, issued prior to Mr. Gromyko's departure, he said that there was no mention of Bangla Desh or East Bengal. He accused both his country and the Soviet Union of stabbing Bangla Desh in the back. The Jan Sangh leader called on his supporters to prevent what he called the Moscow-New Delhi conspiracy.