After Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, her senior cabinet colleague, Babu Jagjivan Ram, had to face the ire of the people in Gujarat. At an election meeting in Karjan, near Baroda, Ram was hit by a large stone thrown from the crowd. JP, who was addressing a public meeting in Gujarat, said he was shocked at the attack and asked people to maintain peace if they wished for true democracy. “We are fighting an election not a battle,” he said.
Punjab Mata dead
The mother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Vidya Vati, passed away at a hospital in Delhi. Her three sons and two daughters were with her when the end came. She was to be cremated at Hussainiwala in Punjab, near the samadhi of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Her husband, Kishan Singh, and his younger brother, Ajit Singh, were also revolutionaries. In recognition of the family’s contribution to the freedom struggle, the Punjab government had bestowed on her the title, Punjab Mata, in 1973. A government holiday was declared in Punjab as a mark of respect.
West Asia talks
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat called on US President Gerald Ford to exert his leadership to pressurise Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab territories. Sadat and Ford are in Salzburg as part of talks on the future of the West Asia peace negotiations. US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told the media not to expect a dramatic announcement at the end of the Salzburg talks. “Whatever we discussed here, we will discuss the same subjects with the Israeli prime minister,” he said.
Monsoon had advanced into Kerala and coastal Karnataka, according to the Central Observatory, Pune. Heavy rain was forecast for Kerala, Karnataka, interior Maharashtra, West Bengal and Assam. Santa Cruz in Bombay received 10.9 cm of rain.