New Delhi, May 18 (UNI) Bi-polar politics would have been the order of the day in the country had the Janata Party experiment not failed, BJP president Rajnath Singh said today.
Speaking at a book launch function here, Mr Singh said, ''The Janata experiment, which provided an alternative to one-party dominance model at the Centre, was not successful, otherwise bi-polar politics would have been prevalent in the country today.'' On the importance of the Janata experiment, he said, ''For the first time in the history of Indian politics, a party other than the Congress got a two-thirds majority in Parliament in 1977.'' Mr Singh recalled his experience during the Emergency imposed in 1975, saying the period was a ''black'' one in the political history of the country.
The book, 'The Janata Enigma 30 out of 60,' on the transformation of country's socio-political arena over the past 30 years -- 1977 to 2007 -- with reference to the 'Janata current' in Indian polity, was released by former Prime Minister I K Gujral.
The book, according to author Kumar Rajesh, a journalist, not only gave an academic analysis of what happened in the past 30 years, but also presented a first hand account of various political leaders' experiences during the period.
The transformation with reference to the Janata current in Indian polity in its various forms -- Janata Party, Lok Dal, BJP, Janata Dal, RJD, Samajwadi Party and others -- have been highlighted in the book.
Former Defence Minister George Fernandes, Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan were also present at the function.
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