Nomination papers for Jana Sangh president L.K. Advani to contest the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat were filed. The ruling Janata Front nominated Advani and Mohammad Hussain Colandaz, a former mayor of Surat, as its official candidates.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi assured India’s immediate neighbours that the country’s growing technological capacity “will be used only for our own economic problems and not for any hegemonistic purpose”. In an interview to an Egyptian newspaper, she said some nations took a negative attitude towards India because of their apprehensions of what a strong India might do. They knew that because of its size and the policies it was pursuing “India will never be anybody’s camp follower or satellite”.
The pre-budget annual economic survey forecast a “distinct improvement” in economic prospects and held out the optimistic prospect that the economy had broken with the indifferent trends of the previous 15 years. “It is likely,” says the document, presented by Finance Minister C. Subramaniam, “that in the next two or three years there will be a substantial improvement in the growth performance… as compared with past trends.” The survey predicted an overall rate of growth of 5.5 per cent in 1975-76 compared to a decline of 0.2 per cent the previous year.
Haksar Goes To US
P.N. Haksar, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, left for a visit to the US. He was also scheduled to go to Moscow before returning. Haksar was to first visit New York. His main formal engagement was the meeting of the UN Civil Service Commission. He is India’s representative on the commission. The visit to the Soviet Union was equally important since Haksar was the co-chairman of the Indo-Soviet Joint Commission.