Janata party (1974–77): Creation of an all-India opposition

Ankit, Rakesh (2017) Janata party (1974–77): Creation of an all-India opposition. History and Sociology of South Asia, 11 (1). pp. 39-54. ISSN 22308075

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Political History | Party Politics | Coalition | Opposition | JP
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 16:37
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 16:37
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/2230807516652987
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/849


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