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Title: Janata party (1974–77): Creation of an all-India opposition
Authors: Ankit, Rakesh
Keywords: Political history
Party politics
Coalition, opposition
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Publisher: History and Sociology of South Asia
Citation: Ankit, R. (2017). Janata party (1974–77): Creation of an all-India opposition. History and Sociology of South Asia, 11(1), 39–54.
Abstract: This article focuses on the interactions among four parties during 1974–77 that led to their combining to form the Janata Party, which represented a united opposition to the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi and her Congress government in January 1977. These inter-party exchanges remain an overlooked episode in the works on the Janata Party, when compared to its much written about the failure in government (1977–79). Forty years on, Janata Party’s formation continues to be understood as a natural and inevitable response to the imposition of emergency by Mrs Gandhi in June 1975. This article, instead, focuses on the engagements among the leaders of the Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD), Congress (O), Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) and the Socialist Party (SP) before, during and after the emergency and contends that Janata’s creation was neither a foregone conclusion nor a straightforward process.
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