In India a new political party was formed on Wednesday (26 September) by amalgamating the ruling Janata (Secular) Party led by caretaker Prime Minister Charan Singh and the socialist group led by former Industries Minister George Fernandes.
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GV INTERIOR Former Prime Minister Charan Singh seated with Raj Narian, chairman of the Janata-S
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SV Delegates standing for party song
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SCU Charan Singh addressing delegates (3 shots)
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Background: In India a new political party was formed on Wednesday (26 September) by amalgamating the ruling Janata (Secular) Party led by caretaker Prime Minister Charan Singh and the socialist group led by former Industries Minister George Fernandes. The new party called the Lok or people's Party was launched at a convention in Delhi on Wednesday (26 September), just as the campaign for the general election began.
SYNOPSIS: The new party has been called the Lok party to differentiate it from the former Janata party. Mr. Charan Singh and his supporters broke away form the Janta party in July, bringing down the Government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai. The Lok party with its ally the official Congress party will now be facing a three-cornered fight against Jagjivan Ram's Janata Party and Mrs. Indira Gandhi's Congress party. Lok Party Chairman Raj Narain has said the party will uphold democracy, socialism and secularism, and eradicate inter-communal strife.
India is gearing itself for national elections with the aim of solving the country's political crisis and to establish a government with a workable majority. Although no polling date has been announced, party leaders have already started campaigning. The elections were expected to be held in December. While Mr. Charan Singh, at present the caretaker prime minister, sought electoral support for his position as leader, Mr. Jagjivan Ram and harsh words for his former ally Mrs. Gandhi, whom he claimed was fighting her last battle for power. Mr. Ram is the Janata Party leader. Mrs Gandhi is drawing large crowds, although Mr. Singh starts with the advantage of being the interim Prime Minister.