INTRODUCTION In India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has said that new attempts are being made to create instability in the country.
INTRODUCTION In India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has said that new attempts are being made to create instability in the country. A general election is due to be held next month but Mrs. Gandhi has likened the situation at the moment to that which existed before a state of internal emergency was declared in June 1975. Agriculture Minister Jagjivan Ram and two former state chief ministers resigned from Mrs. Gandhi's ruling Congress party earlier this week. When he resigned Mr. Ram accused party leaders of introducing totalitarian tendencies and encouraging indiscipline. He told a news conference after his resignation that the life and liberty of citizens were not safe.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi made her comments on Friday (14 February) about new attempts to create instability after a crowd of supporters had gathered at her house in New Delhi. The day after she was due to address her first major election campaign rally at the Ramlila Grounds where the opposition Janata party leader Morarji Desai drew a crowd of about 100,000 last weekend.
She told her supporters that she had lifted the state of emergency last month and announced elections because she thought the country had acquired a new stability and strength to withstand internal pressures - but she said an effort was now being made to change this and cause disruption. Referring to Mr. Ram and his attack on her actions, Mrs. Gandhi said "Those who never criticised the emergency earlier are doing so now". Mrs. Gandhi also warned against what she described as a deep conspiracy to force a change in the country's socialist policies and programmes designed to help the poor.