Grand Alliance (1971)

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The Grand Alliance of 1971[1] was a pre-poll alliance forged between Indian National Congress (Organisation), Samyukta Socialist Party, Praja Socialist Party, Swatantra party and Bharatiya Jana Sangh ahead of the 1971 Indian general election.[1][2][3] The alliance was led by K. Kamaraj's INC (O) faction against Indira Gandhi's INC (R) faction.[4] However, in the end INC (R) won the election.[5][6]

The rallying cry of the alliance was Indira Hatao (unseat Indira). Indira Gandhi's INC (R) came up with the slogan Garibi Hatao (eradicate poverty), in response to this.[5]


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