Prime Minister Morarji Desai and the External Affairs Minister A B Vajpayee declined to comment on the Pakistan Supreme Court verdict on Mr Bhutto. “It is their internal affair and I do not want to interfere,” Desai said.
“Let no one think that this government is weak,” Desai said to applause at a massive gathering of people at Ukai, near Surat. Desai accused Mrs Gandhi of adopting devious means to regain power but said all her attempts would end in frustration.
India had cordial relations with all countries and the Soviet leaders understood this. Asked about the Soviet reaction to India’s improvement of relations with China, Morarji Desai said talks in this regard will have to take place between India and China.
This may have been done deliberately so that the crew in the cockpit and the front part of the aircraft, would take the main impact of the crash. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar, brought Desai back to Delhi in another TU-124, Rajhans.
Morarji Desai said there was now a greater sense of equality among small nations and the search was on for a consensus. People were now demanding peace and disarmament and the major powers — the United States and the Soviet Union.