Get Rid of Congress and Save Country
Says M.L. Sondhi
Frontier Mail, February 2, 1969
Addressing a mammoth election meeting in the municipal
grounds here yesterday evening, Mr. M.L. Sondhi, youthful
and energetic Jan Sangh Member of Parliament, lashed out at
the Congress which had failed to deliver the goods in their
rule of over 20 years.
He warned the people against baseless
interested propaganda that the Congress alone could provide
stable Government. He pertinently asked: “What has the
Congress done in 20 years of its stable rule? What has been
the price of this stability?” He said it would be rather
correct to say that to save the country they should get rid
of Congress rule.
Listing the failures of the Congress, Mr.
Sondhi said they embarked on huge projects without taking
into consideration their own resources and capacity. The
Congress did not lay adequate stress on agriculture and
industry with the result that the country had failed in both
these vital spheres.
Mr. Sondhi said the country needed a
positive approach both in internal as well as external
policies aimed at promoting our own national interests.
“Jan Sangh has the temper and the capability to live upto
this promise. They would endeavour to make the country
self-sufficient so that they don’t have to go around the
world with a begging bowl”, he declared.
Lal Bahadur Shastri:
The Jan Sangh leader said that Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri had
understood the situation correctly and raised the slogan of
‘Jai Jawan – Jai Kisan”. But he did not live for wrong. If
he were alive today, he said, he would have been on the Jan
Government Employees Demands:
Referring to the demands of Government employees, Mr. Sondhi
said they were the nation-builders and the country’s first
line of defence. To strengthen them was to strengthen the
nation, he added. He said 19 September strike was only a
warning but the Central Government tried to suppress it.
Their demands should be given due consideration and acceded
to, he urged.
Making a reference to the demands of teachers, the Jan Sangh
leader said Dr. Triguna Sen, Union Education Minister,
should either concede their demands and have the
recommendations of the Kothari Commission implemented in
full or resign.
Continuing, Mr. Sondhi said that if the Congress Government
had wanted, they could have secured the release of Badshah
Khan and not allowed to let him rot in Pakistan jails for 15
long years. He was sent money through their Ambassador in
Afghanistan but he had refused to accept it.
The Jan Sangh leader strongly criticised the Congress
government for defence un-preparedness and making a gift of
Tibet to the Chinese. This had created a perpetual danger
to the Northern frontiers. Defence expenditure which used
to be around Rs. 300 crores had sky-rocked to about Rs.
Mr. Sondhi affirmed his belief in
experimentation with nuclear energy, self-sufficiency and
self reliance in agricultural products, and the creation of
an economic democracy in which the number of poor should go
He wanted international peace and friendship
from a position of strength instead of from a position of
The former career diplomat asked the
electorate to obtain a pledge from Mr. Swami that he would
represent them in a way that would bring prominence to the
A candidate’s next campaign starts the day
he is elected, he counselled.
Earlier, Mr. Nitya Nand Swami made an
impassioned plea to the voters to give him a chance this
time to show what he could do for the city. He pledged to
do his best for the people.
Sardar Jagat Singh, a retired diplomat, who
spoke in Punjabi appealed to the electorate to vote for the
Jan Sangh which is a young and energetic party with a
dynamic programme. He said it deserved popular support as
the only alternative to the Congress.