Updated: June 26, 2015 12:56:55 am
At a public rally in Delhi, Jayaprakash Narayan asked Chief Justice of India A.N. Ray not to hear Indira Gandhi’s petition against the Allahabad High Court order that set aside her election. JP said he was not suggesting “a lack of faith” in Justice Ray’s “impartiality”, but since he was chosen to head the apex court by the government over three senior judges, people might entertain doubts. He also warned against the threat of fascism posed by Indira Gandhi’s refusal to quit office. India is neither Bangladesh nor Pakistan, where such developments would be tolerated, he said. In his 80-minute-long speech, JP also “deliberately” reiterated his appeal to the police, armed forces and government servants not to obey the “illegal and immoral” orders of the government.
Pressuring the PM
Opposition parties will launch a week-long satyagraha in Delhi to press for Indira Gandhi’s resignation. Every day, batches of people will go to the PM’s house and demand her resignation. This decision was taken at a joint meeting of the BLD, Old Congress, Socialist Party, Jana Sangh and Akali Dal, which JP attended. Jyotirmoy Bosu of the CPM and Era Sezhiyan of the DMK were also present. An all-India Lok Sangharsh Samiti (LSS) was also formed to launch a nationwide struggle for upholding democratic principles and political propriety. The CPM and the DMK didn’t commit to joining the LSS.
Indira meets Ahmed
Indira Gandhi, accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister S.S. Ray, called on President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. Ray explained the implications of the Supreme Court’s conditional stay to the president.
The Gujarat CID will be asked to probe the alleged corrupt practices of all previous governments since the formation of the state in 1960, Chief Minister Babubhai Patel said.
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