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May 12, 1976 Forty Years Ago: Emergency and polls

The minister said electoral rolls were revised again by reference to January 1, 1976 as the qualifying date and were proposed to be finally published in August 1976.

indian express newspaper, forty years ago indian express, emergency period, lok sabha, indira gandhi, indira and china, iran PM, amir abbas hoveyda, che guevara, indian express A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on May 12, 1976 Forty Years Ago.

There is no legal bar to the holding of elections during Emergency, Minister of State for Law and Justice Dr V.A. Seyid Muhammad informed the Lok Sabha today. However, the government has “not taken any decision in the matter”, he added. The minister said electoral rolls were revised again by reference to January 1, 1976 as the qualifying date and were proposed to be finally published in August 1976.

PM on China

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi indicated that she was satisfied with the Chinese response to the initiative India had taken in normalising relations with it. After her talks with the Iranian prime minister, Amir Abbas Hoveyda, Mrs Gandhi briefly answered questions put by an Iranian correspondent. He asked her if India was satisfied with the response from China to its initiative for normalising the relations.

She said: “Naturally, if we have taken an initiative it is the hope that there will be response.” Regarding her comment on tensions in the region, Mrs Gandhi said it was obvious if there was one big power presence it attracted another. “Anywhere where there was a big military presen-ce, there was bound to be tension,” Mrs Gandhi said.

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First published on: 12-05-2016 at 00:09 IST
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