Emergency Will Go
Union Home Minister K Brahmananda Reddy said the Emergency will not continue for long. But “we cannot afford to slacken our vigilance as dark forces have again started raising their hackles”. He added “anti-national forces are indulging in wide-spread rumour-mongering and have succeeded in creating a few law and order situations”.
There can’t be a dialogue with the opposition unless it renounces agitational approach, MoS, Home, Om Mehta said. There had been lack of reciprocity from the opposition in regard to relaxation of the Emergency, he said.
Jayaprakash Narayan held talks with the Congress (O) and others on the formation of a one-party opposition comprised of the Congress (O), BLD, the Socialist Party and the Jana Sangh. Congress (O) leader, P.C. Sen, said a conference would be held in November to discuss the matter. The Congress (O) preferred an alliance instead of a merger of the parties, Sen added.
Mao Left Out
For the first time a space reserved for Mao Zedong quotes on the front page of the official Chinese newspapers was used for something that was not exactly a quote of the late party chairman. It was a passage from a recent editorial explaining the confidence Mao had in his future successor, Hua Guofeng.
The detention order of Harekrushna Mahtab, former Orissa chief minister, was revoked on October 30.
Who Is To Blame
An Urdu paper of Pakistan People’s Party’s views criticised Lt General A.A.K. Niazi of sadist atrocities in Bangladesh during his time as eastern military commander. Niazi had suggested Pakistan had broken up due to political bungling.