At a meeting of the five Janata Front constituents, it was decided that they would launch a country-wide “Indira hatao” campaign to force the prime minister to resign. The details would be worked out after the parties consulted Jayaprakash Narayan on the matter. The assessment at the opposition conclave was that Indira was unlikely to quit office irrespective of what the courts decided. The leaders felt this could lead to a dictatorship in the country and the opposition must be prepared to put up a fight if that happens.
Jayaprakash Narayan would reach New Delhi on Sunday from Patna to attend a rally called by the Janata Front parties to press for the prime minister’s resignation. The meeting at the Ramlila ground would be addressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Babubhai Patel and leaders of the opposition, including A.B. Vajpayee, Asoka Mehta, Raj Narain, Charan Singh, Madhu Limaye and Parkash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal.
The 13-point programme prepared at the Narora enclave last year will guide the Congress in mobilising support. Party chief D.K. Baruah told Congress chief ministers to focus on small farmers and the landless in the countryside as well as the vulnerable sections of urban areas. Steps were being taken to free the rural poor from indebtedness. A fund to disburse easy credit had also been proposed. For the urban areas, the CMs were told to streamline the PDS to provide foodgrains, kerosene, clothes, pulses, soap and other essential commodities.
The West Indies won the inaugural cricket World Cup, defeating Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord’s. The Windies rode on captain Clive Lloyd’s 82-ball 102 to post 291 for the loss of eight wickets. Australia was bowled out for 274.