March 8, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay’s Ruleshttps://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/march-8-1976-forty-years-ago-sanjay-gandhi-rules-charan-singh-kk-shah/

March 8, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay’s Rules

Gandhi wanted all progress reported straight to the pradesh Congress president. More action and less talk was urgently required

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A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on March 8, 1976, Forty Years Ago.

Sanjay Gandhi told senior Delhi Congressmen to forget their differences and leave party work to the youth. Addressing the general body of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, he made it clear that future promotion in the party hierarchy would depend on solid achievement rather than speeches. Gandhi wanted all progress reported straight to the pradesh Congress president. More action and less talk was urgently required. Performance would be judged on the implementation of time-bound programmes by Congress workers, block or panchayat level committees. The days when Congressmen were promoted for shouting slogans and distributing garlands were over. He wanted family planning, anti-dowry, environmental cleanliness and tree-planting campaigns to be given priority.

Charan Singh Freed

Bharatiya Lok Dal Chairman Charan Singh was released from prison, according to a report that quoted unnamed officials.

TN Loves Prez Rule

Tamil Nadu Governor K.K. Shah said that after the imposition of president’s rule in the state, prices had gone down, stocks had increased, injustices were being set right and people were showing renewed enthusiasm. Shah said president’s rule had “indeed come as a rule of deliverance” for the people of Tamil Nadu. Replying to a question as to why this step was not taken earlier, the governor said any legally constituted government should be given the full opportunity to show its worth. In Tamil Nadu, the Centre gave a long rope to the DMK.

Support For Crops

Food and Agriculture Minister Jagjivan Ram told the parliamentary consultative committee attached to his ministry that the government wouldn’t allow prices of agricultural products to crash to uneconomic levels.