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Working a Democratic ConstitutionA History of the Indian Experience$
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Granville Austin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195656107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.001.0001

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Indira Gandhi Defeated—janata Forms a Government

Indira Gandhi Defeated—janata Forms a Government

(p.393) Chapter 18 Indira Gandhi Defeated—janata Forms a Government
Working a Democratic Constitution

Granville Austin

Oxford University Press

In Delhi, everyone knew that Indira Gandhi would be defeated in the elections called for March 1977 and that her son, his coterie, and his bullies would go with her. Their own feelings told them so and they sensed the loathing of the Emergency. The elections held between March 16 and 20 dealt the Congress Party a massive defeat almost everywhere. Mrs Gandhi accepted defeat graciously, saying the collective judgement of the people must be respected. Her last major official act was to have Jatti on March 21 revoke her Emergency. The Prime Minister's defeat ushered in the country's first national coalition government, made up of five parties, four of which had formed the Janata Party.

Keywords:   Delhi, India, Janata Party, Congress Party, Emergency

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