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Why did Indira Gandhi declare elections in 1977?

Updated : February 25, 2019 09:57 AM IST

To hold that Indira Gandhi, in January 1977, rose to prove herself Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter more than Sanjay Gandhi’s mother  -- as the reason why she announced elections then – is far from convincing.
The point is Indira Gandhi did not show, even in the faintest sense, her unease with Sanjay Gandhi; she celebrated him as long as he lived.
And those he had initiated into the Congress remain important men in the party to this day.
Why did Indira Gandhi declare elections in 1977?

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