February 4, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Lok Sabha Extension

The bill was opposed by a section of the opposition, including Marxist, communist and BLD members.

By: Express News Service | Published: February 4, 2016 12:00 am
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A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on February 4, 1976, Forty Years Ago.

A bill to extend the life of the Lok Sabha by one year was introduced in Parliament by Law Minister H.R. Gokhale. The bill was opposed by a section of the opposition, including Marxist, communist and BLD members. The present five-year term of the Lok Sabha was scheduled to expire on March 18, 1976. Gokhale said that with regard to the proclamation of the Emergency, now in operation, “it is considered necessary to extend the duration of the present House of the People by a period of one year”.

Probe Against DMK

R.S. Sarkaria, a Supreme Court judge, was appointed to head the commission to inquire into allegations against DMK leader and former chief minister, M. Karunanidhi, and members of the dismissed Tamil Nadu ministry. The commission was asked to submit its report by February 1, 1977. It will inquire into allegations in the memorandum submitted by AIADMK MPs K. Manoharan and G. Vishwanathan, some allegations in the memorandum sent by M.G. Ramachandran, and two memoranda submitted by CPI leader M. Kalyanasundaram.
Caste Violence

A high-caste Hindu enraged by the allocation of a piece of gram sabha land to a Harijan, tried to gun down six members of the latter’s family in Varanasi district. MoS for home Dharma Veer said six Harijans, including two women, sustained bullet injuries. Veer, who, along with top police and civil officers, made a spot inspection, said the high-caste Hindu and his associates had earlier attacked the 16-year-old son of the Harijan with lathis.

Children Kidnapped

A busload of 21 children of French army personnel was hijacked by four men claiming to be members of the Somali Coast Liberation Front. The incident happened between Djibouti and Ambouli in the French Afars and Issas Territory (TFAI).

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