After filing his election papers Indian Prime Minister Charan Singh on Monday (3 December) blamed former Premier Indira Gandhi for what he called the increased poverty and corruption in the country.
After filing his election papers Indian Prime Minister Charan Singh on Monday (3 December) blamed former Premier Indira Gandhi for what he called the increased poverty and corruption in the country. And Mrs. Gandhi who filed her papers in the same day said of she is returned of power in the January elections her first task will be to bring order and stability to India.
SYNOPSIS: India's Prime Minister Charan Singh met with a cool reception in his home constituency of Meerut. According to a local newspaper correspondent he was snubbed in his main power base. Mr. Singh has suffered a number of setbacks in the past six weeks. on Monday (3 December) -- a fourth minister -- Communication Minister Zulfiquarullah quit the ruling coalition and decided to back the opposition Janata Party.
Fewer building than usual flew the Lok Dal -- or people's Party banners for the occasion of Mr. Singh's visit. And organisers were disappointed when only a few thousand supporters turned out to hear the Prime Minister's election manifesto. Mr. Singh has accused his opponent Mrs. Gandhi of being financed by big industrialists, while he calls himself India's first peasant Prime Minister.
Most of Mr. Singh's election speeches are expected to concentrate on challenging Mrs. Gandhi's political record.
But Mrs. Gandhi is favoured to win the election which will take place on the third and sixth of January. She lost her Rae Bareli seat by more than 55,000 votes in 1977.
According to the Congress Party election manifesto, Mrs. Gandhi is the only leader who can save the country after what it calls the "traumatic experience" of the past two-and-a-half years. Both she and Mr. Singh are running in the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The state sends eighty-give members to parliament. All of them went to the Janata party in 1977.
But the Janata party split last July, when Mr. Singh who leads the breakaway faction succeeded Morarji Desai. Mrs. Gandhi helped Mr. Singh to power but later withdrew her support, forcing President Reddy to order the mid-term elections. Mrs. Gandhi continues to be attacked by other candidates on her controversial twenty-one month emergency rule. But she assured voters that she and her party think the country's economic and social problems can only be solved through democratic means.