Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told Parliament that the Emergency was a “painful necessity” and claimed that its imposition had nothing to do with the Allahabad High Court verdict against her. She added that the decision to impose the Emergency was not one that could have been taken lightly. However, she added, “a time came in the life of a nation when hard decisions had to be taken”. In the Lok Sabha, the PM ruled out a return to “total licence and political permissiveness”. She devoted a considerable part of her 45-minute speech to condemn the activities of the RSS. Whisper campaigns, she said, had become the most powerful weapon of the RSS.
The Rajya Sabha passed a resolution approving the Emergency. One hundred and thirty-six members voted for the resolution, while 33 voted against it.
Congress leaders holding important leadership positions in the party were asked to inform the party about their landholdings before August 15. A circular issued by party chief D.K. Barooah said that all Congress ministers at the Centre and in the states, MPs, state legislators, members of the AICC and the state pradesh Congress committees, chairmen of zilla parishads as well as municipal committees, and heads of state apex cooperative bodies, must inform the AICC of how much land they own.
Culture On Menu
Mexico’s President and the PM discussed the international situation and exchanged views on all major issues and bilateral matters. Later, representatives of the visiting delegation met their Indian counterparts and discussed a strategy to follow with the FAO on the availability of food and fertiliser and the setting up of a food bank. The countries were poised to sign a bilateral cultural pact.