PM Indira Gandhi ruled out a deadline for the withdrawal of Emergency, which she said was a temporary phase. Speaking with The Sunday Times and the Observer, London, the PM said the Emergency was declared to “meet an extra-constitutional challenge constitutionally”. She refused to give any guarantee that the general election would be held on schedule, in either February or March 1976. “There can’t cast-iron guarantees on that,” she said. She also claimed she abhorred censorship: “All these years, we had hoped the press itself would evolve a code of conduct and restrain those who did not adhere to it. Lately, many newspapers were spearheading the campaign against the government and undermining the morale and self-confidence of our people,” she said.
Gas price hiked
The government raised the prices of kerosene, high-speed diesel oil, domestic cooking gas and furnace oil with immediate effect. The price revision was in light of a report by the Oil Prices Committee.
R.P. Naik, an ICS officer, became the next secretary to the ministry of information and broadcasting. Naik, then Hindi advisor in the home ministry, was to join his new department as an officer on special duty and would succeed the incumbent, A.J. Kidwai, when he retired at the end of the month.
Two million people in 6,000 villages in Uttar Pradesh were affected by floods. Flood threat was sounded in northeastern Bihar as well, with the water rising in Burhi Gandak and Bagmati.
Two Israeli warplanes were shot down as Israel began bombing the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon. At least five refugees, including a woman and a child, were killed.