Alleging a conspiracy against him, Jagjivan Ram challenged the prime minister to hold an impartial inquiry to find out if he or any other minister in Indira Gandhi’s 1971 cabinet had leaked information to the CIA about military operations in Bangladesh.
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief, Balasaheb Deoras, attacked the critics of dual membership and said this bogey had been raised by some persons with vested interests who wanted to destroy the party.
A West German radio broadcast from Teheran also said other Americans, employed by private US firms in Iran, were being rounded up by armed Iranians and taken to the US embassy grounds. The US government had ruled out any military intervention.
The problem of unabated influx of foreign nationals, mainly Bangladeshis, and the inadvertent inclusion of large number of them in the draft electoral rolls, once again promises to become a major election issue in Assam.
The circular, issued under instructions from the PM, says that any unauthorised briefing of newsmen would be treated as a serious violation of the service conduct rules and would invite stringent disciplinary action.