The President dissolved the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and brought the state under direct Central rule. The decision to clamp presidential rule on Tamil Nadu was taken by the Union cabinet on the basis of the governor’s report and what the presidential proclamation described as “other information” reaching the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The governor, in his report, had said that “a situation has arisen in the state in which the government… can no longer be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.” The presidential proclamation ends the term of DMK leader M. Karunanidhi’s ministry and of the assembly seven weeks ahead of schedule.
PM On PolicyPrime Minister Indira Gandhi emphasised the need to develop rural areas. This could come about only by setting up large industries. She said some longstanding policies like secularism and non-alignment had grown to the point of becoming integral aspects of the country.
The suspense over the fate of at least 66 miners, believed to be trapped in an “air pocket” in the Chasnala colliery, ended when 17 bodies were brought overground. With this, the total number of bodies taken out rose to 49. At least 372 persons were in the mine when it got flooded last December.
Leakage from the nuclear power plant in Tarapur had caused radioactivity to spread along the nearby shore and affect the local fish-eating population, a US Senate committee was told. The statement was based on a report prepared by an official of the American Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) who visited the Tarapur plant in 1972. Excerpts made by Clifford Beck, then head of the AEC’s government liaison office, were made public by Senator Alan Cranston.