The Morarji Desai government is considering a proposal to change the composition of the Election Commission. Since the first elections, the EC has consisted of a single member who came to be designated as the chief election commissioner
Janata Party President Chandra Shekhar told a PUCL meeting that all political prisoners must be released. Minister for Industry George Fernandes then called upon the people to start a systematic campaign for repeal of MISA
Desai also endeavoured to promise that he would build an India free from fear and want. He called for an end to untouchability in five years and stressed the need for steps to prevent atrocities on weaker sections of the society.
“I gave her my best wishes and a brighter future than the bright past she had already had,” he told the media. After the meeting, Mrs Gandhi refused to say anything beyond the remark that the meeting was “personal, nothing formal”.
Shyamlal Prasad, a freedom fighter and composer of the famous song, Jhanda uncha rahe hamara, which inspired Indians during the Independence movement, died in Kanpur after prolonged illness. He was 86.